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Grading Canadian coins
The grade is used to determine the exact value of a coin. It represents the quality and wear of a coin. Using pictures, effigies and descriptions, this section helps you to determine the grade of a coin with the Sheldon scale, the universal gradation tool. To determine a coin's high grade (MS), you look at strike, luster, location, size, and quantity of bag marks, and other less tangible features.
Grading is often considered subjective and they are differences even between most major authentication companies and this section is a guide with an overall representation of the grades for Canadian coins. Since the obverse is most used side to assess the grade, it is the obverse that is pictured on the links below.
- 1 cent 1862 and 1864 - New Brunswick
- 10 cents 1862 and 1864 - New Brunswick
- 1 cent 1871 - Prince Edward Island
- 1 cent 1861 and 1864 - Nova Scotia
- 1 cent 1865 to 1896 - Newfoundland
- 5 cents 1865 to 1896 - Newfoundland
- 10 cents 1865 to 1896 - Newfoundland
- 20 cents 1865 to 1900 - Newfoundland
- 50 cents 1865 to 1900 - Newfoundland
- 2 dollars 1865 to 1888 - Newfoundland