Learn more about the Sheldon Grading Scale

2014 1 oz Gold American Eagle MS-70 NGC Early Releases

2014 1 oz Gold American Eagle MS-70 NGC Early Releases

Why graded coins are so prized and valued by collectors

Here’s a collector’s horror story that never has to happen to you.

You fall in love with a coin that appears to be in absolutely perfect condition. Not a scratch or smudge – you’d never know anyone touched it since it left the mint. You pay top dollar. Then to your surprise, an expert looks at it and spots a barely discernible nick near the rim on the coin’s obverse. It’s a great coin, but it’s not worth what you paid for it.

That’s exactly the nightmare Dr. William Herbert Sheldon set out to eliminate when he created the Sheldon Grading Scale in 1949.

A standardized system to evaluate a coin’s condition

The Sheldon Grading Scale gives expert coin appraisers a system of standardized attributes to evaluate a coin’s condition. The expert appraisers inspect the coins and grade them on a scale of 1 – 70.

A grade of 1 means the coin may be clear enough to identify, but it may be badly corroded or so worn that a side of the coin is blanked. On the other end of the scale, 70 means uncirculated perfection – no trace of wear, handling, scratches or contact with other coins. All the mint’s original luster is intact.

No circulated coin receives a grade higher than 58. At that grade, just about all of the coin’s original mint luster remains. Uncirculated coins receive grades from 11 – 70.

Who makes the grade?

The Sheldon Grading Scale is not for amateurs. The people who grade coins and assign these values have to be extremely well trained and experienced. That’s why most coins are graded by professional grading services.

There are dozens of grading services, but two of the most popular and highly respected are the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) and Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS).

Coins graded by these services are highly valued for three reasons.

First, the people who grade coins for NGC and PCGS are unimpeachable experts. Their judgment is highly respected throughout the industry.

Second, after the coins are graded, they are sealed in airtight protective slabs, which help prevent tarnishing. They also provide a strong tamper-evident layer, so coins coin can’t be damaged in handling without a collector knowing about it.

Third, they label the coins with grades and findings. When you see a coin in a plastic slab labeled MS-70, you know it is an absolutely perfect coin. If it has an NGC Early Releases or PCGS First Strike designation, you know it arrived at the grading service within 30 days of the coin’s release by the mint.

Needless to say, graded coins are highly prized and valued.

 A treasure trove of collectibles

APMEX has a huge selection of graded coins, from uncirculated Silver Dollars that are more than 100 years old to the latest bullion coins receiving First Strike and Early Releases designations. Click here to see some of our more popular Graded Gold Coins and Graded Silver Coins.

 

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Act Now And Lock In Silver Prices Today

If you have been waiting for the right time to make an investment in Silver, now could be the right time. In times of economic uncertainty, investors tend to purchase Silver as a store of value and hedge against the uncertainty in the markets. Now may be a good time to act.

PLACE YOUR ORDER AND LOCK IN YOUR PRICE TODAY

Place your order today and you will lock in today’s price. If Silver climbs between the time you place an order and the time it ships, your price doesn’t change. There are no commissions or hidden fees. This means no surprise price increase when you buy your favorite items — even if Silver prices continue to rise.

DON’T MISS THIS BUYING OPPORTUNITY IN SILVER

The 1 oz Silver American Eagle (Random Year) coins:

  • Size, weight and purity are guaranteed by the U.S. government
  • Eligible for Precious Metals IRAs
  • Multiples of 20 are packaged in mint tubes. Multiples of 500 are packaged in “Monster Boxes”
  • .999 fine Silver in Brilliant Uncirculated condition
  • Features stunning, patriotic designs — the classic Walking Liberty on the obverse, or front, and an American eagle, the very symbol of our nation’s freedom, on the reverse
The 2013 1 oz Silver Canadian Maple Leaf (Random Year) coins:

  • Contains 1 oz of .9999 fine Silver
  • Multiples of 25 are packaged in mint tubes. Multiples of 500 are packaged in “Monster Boxes” All other coins will be in protective plastic flips
  • Eligible for Precious Metals IRAs
  • Obverse: Right-facing profile of Queen Elizabeth II, along with the year and face value
  • Guaranteed by the Royal Canadian Mint

 

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One Day Special On Silver Eagles

 

Don’t Miss This One Day Only Deal

Order by Tuesday September 11, 3 p.m. (CDT)! While Supplies Last.
2012 1 oz Silver American EagleAny quantity only $2.89 per coin over spot!
Each 2012 Silver Eagle contains .999 fine Silver and comes in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. The Silver American Eagle is the most popular bullion coin in the United States, and this is the most recent issue in a series that began in 1986. Adolph A. Weinman’s beautiful design showing Lady Liberty, draped in an American flag, walking gracefully as the sun rises over a ridge, appears on the obverse, while a heraldic eagle and 13 small stars appear on the reverse.

Orders in multiples of 20 coins will come packaged in mint tubes, and 500 or more are packaged in “Monster Boxes.” Otherwise, coins will be in protective plastic flips.

Because Silver American Eagles are eligible for Precious Metals IRAs, Silver American Eagle coins are a great way to diversify one’s wealth.

 

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Get The 2012 Silver Kangaroos Before They Jump Away

 

A Treasure For Kangaroo Coin Lovers. The Latest Release In The Series. The 2012 1 oz Australian Silver Kangaroo With Assay

2012 1 oz Australian Silver Kangaroo w/Card

Collectors worldwide love the Royal Australian Mint’s Kangaroo coin series, which has limited annual mintage and a new design almost every year. The 2012 Silver Kangaroo features Wojciech Pietranik’s portrayal of the Mareeba rock wallaby, one of Australia’s smaller marsupials. And APMEX has these coins in Silver Frosted Uncirculated condition. The 2012 1 oz Australian Silver Kangaroo Coin comes in an assay card that lists the coin specifications and is itself a work of art.

THE POPULAR KANGAROO. A STRIKING FINISH. A COLLECTIBLE PACKAGE.

  • Enhanced beauty and limited mintage: This year, a special few – 20,000 Silver Kangaroos – were minted in this precisely detailed, Silver Frosted Uncirculated condition.
  • Beautiful packaging: The Royal Australian Mint guarantees this coin with a beautiful assay card.
  • Celebrating the beloved kangaroo: This is the newest coin in a series that began in 1993. It features the Mareeba rock wallaby from the rain forest in North Queensland, Australia. This little kangaroo was first recognized as a species unto itself less than 20 years ago.

Guaranteed purity and weight: The Australian government guarantees the 1 oz .999 fine Silver content in each coin.

 

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Special 24-Hour Pricing On Silver Eagles

One Day Only.The Most Popular Silver Bullion Coin in the U.S. At A Special Low Price. 2012 1 oz Silver American Eagles

2012 1 oz Silver American Eagle

Here’s a rare opportunity to get a special price on the latest issue of the most popular Silver bullion coin in the U.S. — the 2012 1 oz Silver American Eagle. If you order before 3 p.m. CDT tomorrow, July 3, you can obtain any quantity for the low price of only $2.99 per coin over spot. Before this special pricing, you would have had to purchase at least 500 coins to get the same low price.

DIVERSIFY YOUR INVESTMENTS WITH THIS STUNNING SILVER BULLION COIN

If you are interested in investing in Silver, the 2012 1 oz Silver American Eagle is a beauty in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. 1 oz Silver American Eagles are popular investments because they’re…

  • Government backed: The U.S. Mint guarantees the 1 oz weight and .999 fine purity of every coin
  • Very popular: This world renowned Silver bullion coin is very liquid and easy to sell
  • Beautifully designed: It has Adolph Weinman’s iconic Lady Liberty on the obverse, or front

IRA approved: This coin is approved for use in your Precious Metals IRA

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