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Originality Most Important Mint State Factor

In the American Numismatic Association’s grading guide, several basic charts suggest that contact marks, hairlines, luster and eye appeal are the principal characteristics used to help determine a coin’s Mint State grade. How do you grade Mint State coins? Recently on one of the internet coin forums, a member asked everyone this question: What component of Mint State grading is most important to you? Since most arrive at a Mint State grade by considering a

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