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Conditions and Grading
Mintmarks Overview of US Mint Issues

Values of german coins since 1871 

Values of US coins Values of more coins like British coins

About Grading Coins
(by Tom Becker)

 
 

Conditions and Grading of Coins in german / english / french language

german PP = polierte Platte ST = Stempelglanz VZ = vorzüglich SS = sehr schön S = schön S.G.E.= sehr gut erhalten G.E.= gut erhalten gering erhalten
english PRF = Proof UNC = Uncirculated XF = Extremely fine VF = Very fine F = Fine VG = Very good G = Good PR = Poor
french FB = Flan Bruni FDC = Fleur de coin SUP = Superbe TTB = Très très beau TB = Très beau B = Beau TBC = Très bien conservée BC = bien conservée

A very good grading guide for your coins is: The Official Guide to Coin Grading and Counterfeit Detection

Grading: American and German equivalent

AMERICAN ADJECTIVAL GRADE

AMERICAN NUMERICAL GRADE GERMAN EQUIVALENT
GOOD G-4 to G-6 G.E.= gut erhalten
VERY GOOD VG-7 to VG-11  S.G.E.= sehr gut erhalten
FINE F-12 to F-19 S = schön
VERY FINE VF-20 to VF-39 SS = sehr schön
EXTREMELY FINE EF-40 to EF-49 VZ = vorzüglich
ABOUT UNCIRCULATED AU-50 to AU-59 fast stempelglanz or "VZ-ST"
UNCIRCULATED MS-60 to MS-62 bankfrisch or "BF" or
UNZ = unzirkuliert
CHOICE UNCIRCULATED MS-63 Stempelglanz or "ST"
SELECT UNCIRCULATED MS-64
GEM UNCIRCULATED MS-65 to MS-66 Erstabschlag or "EA"
SUPERB UNCIRCULATED MS-67 to MS-70

Proof coins

Proof coins are produced through a special process involving specially selected, highly polished planchets and dies.
The result is a coin with mirrorlike surfaces.

Proof state quarter. Note the mirrorlike surface of this coin!

Mintmarks

A Mint Mark is a letter or a marking that shows us in which city the coin was struck.
Normally it is one letter:

mintmark_dm.jpg (9920 Byte) Here you see the mintmark G of a German 5 Mark coin
mintmark_dollar.jpg (12457 Byte) This is the mintmark O for New Orleans of an old US silver dollar

Mintmarks of Germany

Mintmark Mint Time of Coining
A Berlin since 1850
B Hannover 1866 -1878
C Frankfurt 1866 - 1879
D München = Munich until today
E Dresden 1872 - 1887
E Muldenhütte 1887 - 1953
F Stuttgart since 1872
G Karlsruhe since 1872
H Darmstadt 1872 - 1882
J Hamburg since 1873

Mintmarks of USA

Mintmark Mint
C Charlotte N.C. (1838-61)
CC Carson City (1870-93)
D Dahlonega, Ga. (1838-61), Denver (1906 - present)
O New Orleans (1838-1909)
P or without mintmark Philadelphia (1793 - present)
S San Francisco (1854 - present)
W West Point, N.Y. (1984 - present)
without mintmark Philadelphia
Over Mint Mark D/S D/S means that a new mintmark (D) was engraved over an old (S) on the planchet.
This over mint mark is also called D over S. The D looks a little bit damaged.
It is not so easy to see:

Example of three D/S nickels and one 1944 D/S penny:

Overview of U.S. Mint Issues with years of issue

Half Cents

Liberty Cap: 1793 - 1797, these coins are expensive
Draped Bust: 1800 - 1808
Classic Head: 1809 - 1836
Braided Hair: 1840 - 1857 Sell and buy your Half Cents at ebay.com
Large Cents

Large Cent

Flowing Hair: 1793, these coins are very expensive 
Liberty Cap: 1793 - 1796, these coins are expensive
Draped Bust: 1796 - 1807
Classic Head: 1808 - 1814
Coronet: 1816 - 1836
Braided Hair: 1837 - 1857 Sell and buy your Large Cents at ebay.com
Small Cents

Indian Head Penny
Flying Eagle: 1856 - 1858  
Indian Head: 1859 - 1909
Lincoln: since 1909

Small Cents at ebay.com Sell and buy your Small US Cents at ebay.com

 

Two-Cents

Two Cents 1864 - 1873 Sell and buy your Two Cents at ebay.com
Three-Cents

Nickel Three Cent

1851 - 1873, Silver
1865 - 1889, Nickel
  Sell and buy your Three Cents Silver at ebay.com

 

Sell and buy your Three Cents Nickels at ebay.com
Half Dimes = 5 Cents, Silver


A Half Dime

1794 - 1873, Silver

Half Dimes at ebay.com

Flowin Hair: 1794 - 1795
Draped Bust: 1796 1797 / 1800 - 1805
Liberty Cap: 1829 -  1837
Liberty: 1837 - 1840 / 1840 - 1853 / 1853 - 1855 / 1856 - 1859 / 1860 - 1873

Sell and buy your Half Dimes at ebay.com

 

Nickel five-cent

Shield: 1866 - 1883
Liberty: 1883 - 1913
Buffalo: 1913 - 1938
Jefferson: since 1938 Sell and buy your US Nickels at ebay.com
Dimes = 10 Cents

This is a "Mercury", the designer was Adolph A. Weinman
Draped Brust: 1796 - 1807
Liberty Cap: 1809 - 1837
Seated Liberty: 1837 - 1891
Barber: 1892 - 1916
Mercury: 1916 - 1945
Roosevelt: since 1946, silver until 1964 Sell and buy your US Dimes at ebay.com
20-Cent

1875 - 1878 Sell and buy your Twenty Cents at ebay.com
Quarters = 25 Cents

Draped Brust: 1796 - 1807
Liberty Cap: 1809 - 1838
Seated Liberty: 1838 - 1856, 1856 -1874, 1875 - 1891
Barber: 1892 - 1916
Standing Liberty: 1916 - 1930
Washington: since 1932 silver 1932- 1964 / nickel 1964 - 1998
State Quarters Sell and buy your US Quarters at ebay.com
Half Dollars = 50 Cents


Walking Liberty

Flowing Hair: 1794 - 1795, expensive
Draped Brust: 1796 - 1807, expensive
Liberty Cap / Bust Half: 1807 - 1839
Seated Liberty: 1839 - 1853, 1854 - 1874, 1875 - 1891
Barber: 1892 - 1915
Walking Liberty: 1916 - 1947
Franklin: 1948 - 1963
Kennedy: since 1964, silver until 1964
40 % silver composition Sell and buy your US Halves at ebay.com
Dollars


Morgan Dollar

Flowing Hair: 1794 - 1795, expensive
Draped Brust: 1795 - 1804, expensive
Gobrecht: 1836 - 1839, very expensive
Seated Liberty: 1840 - 1873
Trade: 1873- 1885
Morgan: 1878 - 1921
Peace: 1921 - 1935
Eisenhower: 1971 - 1978
Anthony: 1979 - 1981
Sacagawea: since 2000 Sell and buy your US Dollars at ebay.com

Gold Coins

$1   

Liberty Head: 1849 - 1854
Small Indian Head: 1854 - 1856
Large Indian Head: 1856 - 1889 Sell and buy your US Gold Dollars at ebay.com
Quarter Eagle = $2.50 

Liberty Cap: 1796 - 1807
Turban Head: 1808 - 1834
Classic Head: 1834 - 1839
Coronet Head: 1840 - 1907
Indian Head: 1907 - 1929 Sell and buy your US Gold Dollars at ebay.com
$3 

1854 - 1889 Sell and buy your US Gold Dollars at ebay.com
Stella = $4 

Flowing Hair / Coiled Hair 
1879 - 1880, extreme expensive (more than 10,000$)
Value of 1880 Coiled Hair condition Prf-65: more than 300,000 $ Sell and buy your US Gold Dollars at ebay.com
Half Eagle = $5 


Indian Head Half Eagle

Liberty Cap: 1795 - 1807
Turban Head: 1807 - 1812
Capped Head: 1813 - 1834
Classic Head: 1834 - 1838
Coronet Head: 1838 - 1907
Indian Head: 1907 - 1933 Sell and buy your US Gold Dollars at ebay.com
Eagle = $10  


Indian Head Eagle

Liberty Cap: 1795 - 1804
Coronet Head: 1838 - 1907
Indian Head: 1907 - 1933 Sell and buy your US Gold Dollars at ebay.com
Double Eagle = $20  


Saint-Gaudens

Coronet Head: 1849 - 1907
Saint-Gaudens: 1907 - 1933 Sell and buy your US Gold Dollars at ebay.com

Values of US Coins

1/2 Cent
Liberty Cap Half Cents
1793 - 1797
1/2 Cent
Draped Bust Half Cents
1800 - 1808
1/2 Cent
Classic Head Half Cents
1809 - 1836
1/2 Cent
Braided Hair Half Cents
1840 - 1857
   
1 Cent
Liberty Cap Pennies
1793 - 1796
1 Cent
Draped Bust Pennies
1796 - 1807
1 Cent
Classic Pennies
1808 - 1814
1 Cent
Coronet Pennies
1816 - 1839
1 Cent
Braided Hair Pennies
1840 - 1857
1 Cent
Flying Eagle Pennies
1856 - 1858
1 Cent
Indian Head Pennies
1859 - 1909
1 Cent
Wheat Pennies
1909 - 1958
1 Cent
Lincoln Memorial  Pennies
1959 - now
     
2 Cents
1864 - 1873
3 Cents Silver
1851 - 1873
3 Cents
Nickels
1865 - 1889
     
5 Cents
Flowing Hair Half Dimes 1794 - 1795
5 Cents
Draped Bust Half Dimes 1796 - 1805
5 Cents
Liberty Cap Half Dimes
1829 - 1837
5 Cents
Liberty Half Dimes
1837 - 1853
5 Cents
Liberty Half Dimes
1853 - 1859
5 Cents
Liberty Half Dimes
1860 - 1873
5 Cents
Shield Nickels
1866 - 1883
5 Cents
Liberty Nickels
1883 - 1912
5 Cents
Buffalo Nickels
1913 - 1938
5 Cents
Jefferson Nickels
1938 - now
   
10 Cents
Seated Liberty Dimes
1837 - 1891
10 Cents
Barber Dimes
1892 - 1916
10 Cents
Mercury Dimes
1916 - 1945
10 Cents
Roosevelt Dimes
1946 - now
   
25 Cents
Liberty Silver Quarters
1838 - 1855
25 Cents
Liberty Silver Quarters
1856 - 1874
25 Cents
Liberty Silver Quarters
1875 - 1891
     
25 Cents
Barber Silver Quarters
1892 - 1916
25 Cents
Liberty Silver Quarters
1916 - 1930
25 Cents
Washington Silver Quarters
1932 - 1964
25 Cents
Washington Nickel Quarters
1965 - 1998
25 Cents
Washington State Quarters
1999 - now
 

1/2 Dollar
Bust Half Dollars
1807 - 1839

1/2 Dollar
Liberty Half Dollars
1839 - 1853
1/2 Dollar
Liberty Half Dollars
1854 - 1874
1/2 Dollar
Liberty Half Dollars
1875 - 1891
   
1/2 Dollar
Barber Half Dollars
1892 - 1915
1/2 Dollar
Walking Liberty Half Dollars
1916 - 1947
1/2 Dollar
Franklin Half Dollars
1948 - 1963
1/2 Dollar
Kennedy Half Dollars
1964 - now
1/2 Dollar
Commemorative Half Dollars
1982 - now
 
1 Dollar
Seated Liberty Dollars

1840 - 1873
1 Dollar
Trade Dollars

1873 - 1878 (1885)
1 Dollar
Morgan Dollars

1878 - 1921
1 Dollar
Peace Dollars

1921 - 1935
   
1 Dollar
Eisenhower Dollars

1971 - 1978 
1 Dollar
Susan B. Anthony Dollars

1979 - 1999
1 Dollar
Sacagawea Dollars

2000 - now
1 Dollar
Commemorative  Dollars
1983 - now
   
5 Dollar
Indian Head Half Eagle
1908 - 1929
         
10 Dollar
Indian Head Eagle
1907 - 1933
         
20 Dollar
Liberty Double Eagle
1849 - 1907
20 Dollar
Saint Gaudens Double Eagle
1907 - 1933
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