Things to Remember Use this page as a guide when writing up the descriptions for your notes so that the note's rating is fair, accurate, and will disclose the notes true quality. The corners may be slightly frayed or slightly rounded at this grade, but the paper should retain nearly full crispness and there should be little or no loss of color in the design. If you hold a raw very fine note if should feel strong and thick. Staple and pinholes are usually present, and the note itself is quite limp. While old-timers might not care much, for the vast majority of casual collectors this will add a measure of security and marketability. Some individuals also lightly feel along the surface of the note to detect creasing. No folds or bends may reach into the design of the paper, although a light corner bend that does not extend into the design may be present.
May have several folds both vertically and horizontally. With the widespread crossover between rare coin and currency dealers, we decided to extend the brand to paper money. Should we use all 30 grades when grading banknotes? This style of grading will tend to drive notes down the grading scale as problems are taken into account and the note is graded as a whole. When you have many grading companies all grading notes and each using their own standards, your question will not be answered. High grade very fine notes can be a great way to get an attractive original note for a fraction of the price of their uncirculated cousins. A summary of the grading scale described below. Ultimately you will want to buy the note and not the holder.
The colors will have typically faded, and there may be small edge chips, nicks, margin tears, or other problems. Corners may have much wear and rounding with tiny nicks and tears that may extend into the design. Highlights or defects in color, centering and the like may be included in the description but the fact that a note is or is not in uncirculated condition should not be a disputable point. Overall appearance is still on the desirable side. Grading Currency Learning how to accurately grade currency is a skill that is learned over time after handling many notes. Whether you are buying for a collection or just trying to determine what the value of a given note is.
If that occurs we obviously cannot supply. May have tape holding pieces of the note together. Cannot be cut into the margin lines and must be quite straight. No large pieces of the note may be missing and graffiti may be present. In the case of mass printed banknotes e. Common sense exceptions must be made, however, as three folds that are exceptionally heavy may drop the note into a lower grade category. The envelope is free from the Post Office.
Goods are sent via registered mail. The more pleasing the note, above and beyond normal, i. Circulation wrinkling counts as folds. The final price will usually reflect the downgraded worth of the defective note. Under such circumstances, the grade of the note may also be improved.
A few minor edge splits are not uncommon in this grade, but they typically will be within the margin and not affect the design. Trimming may have taken place to remove rough edges. Three folds, one of which may be horizontal. Some varieties with cut cancellation will be worth a bit more than these ratios. Kwart published a 44-page pamphlet, United States Paper Money Grading Standards, that was a serious effort at codifying a set of standards. It is possible to have a good relationship with a dealer or collector that uses market-oriented grading. Why is the signature so important? Insurance requires the packages to be signature required as well! If you are just buying the number on the holder for the best price, you may well be buying low end notes for the grade! No clubs, no memberships or forced relationships, send your notes, we grade them and send them back.
Dealers will be appreciative, too, as it will simplify marketing and make up for any lack of expertise they may have. Must deduct at least a half of grade for anything but minor stains and edge splits. The note retains some body. Bad trim into the design will discount the note ½ of a grade or more if particularly severe into the design. The process of grading is so subjective and dependant on external influences such as lighting, that even a very experienced individual may well grade the same note differently on separate occasions, To facilitate communication between sellers and buyers, it is essential that grading terms and their meanings be standardized and as widely used as possible.
The most popular system of banknote grading in Australia is one adopted by the British Museum. Collector Registered: 1474562420 Posts: 214 Posted 1506017093 1 The grading standards were developed at different times by different organizations with different goals. As of august 2014, a Diamond symbol will replace the star symbol on our holders. The defects a note had, such as folds and creases, may not necessarily be completely eliminated and their telltale marks can be detected under a good light. Double check whether market or collector grading is being used and adjust accordingly.