grading british victorian silver coins

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Its one of my pet hates when I see people all over the place advertising "UNC brill" coins, when infact they turn out to be coins that would hardly scrape a EF in my collection. But how do you know what to look out for when you are grading coins such as these? well I am going to try and help you, so that you do not make people turn away before they have chance to read what you have written.

Good points to look out for on the "young, bun-head " coins.

One of the first things I do when I pick up a coin is to look at its profile. I like to see the coins raised areas, this gives me an immediate indication on the ware of the coin. When writing your description I would mention this fact, and this should surely give people the idea that you know what you are talking about. The next thing I look for is the ware on the right hand side of the hair. if this is still all intact, I can say that it is atleast a VF coin just from looking at this. Too determine if this coin should reach a higher grade you should then look at the middle of the hair, where the hairband intersects the middle of the hair. If you notice on the profile of the coin this is the highest part of the coin. Therefore this should be the part of the coin which gets worn the most. if you see that there has been no ware on the coin at this point you are looking at an EF or potential EF+ or UNC. the next thing to do is to glance at the facial area, do not ponder too long on here, but just check everything is still defined. one of the last things to look out for is the edge. you cannot claim that a coin is UNC if it has edge knocks. just be aware of this when you are trying to grade you coins. the final thing to look out for is scratches allover the coin, once again bare this in mind when grading your coin, people dont like been taken for mugs, and if your telling them its uncirculated when its covered in scratches... well they are not going to thankyou.    

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