How Coins Are Graded, Part 2

October 25, 2016

In Part 2 we will continue with in-depth information on how experts grade coins. Our intention is not to make you a coin grader, but rather to make sure you understand the process and how grading can make your coin investments more valuable. With collectibles, condition is everything. For example, an antique breakfront in excellent condition may bring a fortune. But the same piece piece that is scratched or defaced may end up at your curb waiting for the garbage truck.

Anyone can tell the difference between these two. But what if there are small differences between two pieces that only an expert can discern? Without a recognized grading scale, grading is very subjective. All collectibles share this common grading concern - EXCEPT rare coins. With rare coins, grading is compartmentalized into an easy to understand scale. Then the coins are sealed in holders with the grade inside the holder, making comparative analysis a breeze. In this series Golden Art will be explaining grading, from its origins to its implementation. It is a fascinating and informative way to understand the great treasures in the Golden Art collection.
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Greg Halloway has made his living trading gold bullion and rare gold coins for almost 45 years. He is a world-renowned expert on rare coin grading and valuing, and was one of the founders of the world’s first professional coin grading service. His predictions on the prices of gold bullion have been remarkably accurate for dozens of years. He is considered one of the world's top instructors in the field of numismatics.

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