The scale upon which the United States coins are graded today is one that ranges from 0-70. This grading system is actually the one that has been in use by a number of the major coin grading services. A coin that is graded 0 is one that has lost its worth and one that is higher on the grading points means it is perfect. If you are investing in the US coins, you will need to know the grades of the coins that you be buying and as well the company that actually graded the coins for the fact that both of these are the main factors that will affect the worth and value that will be attached to the coins. Just as we have mentioned above, the value of the coin is in a direct relationship to the grade of the coin as you will realize that the higher the grade of the coin, the higher the value of the coin and more so when you look at the coin grading company that did the grading. As such you need to ensure that the coins are graded by the two major grading services in the United States. As a matter of fact, it is an opinion that has been there that coin grading has actually turned into a big business today. Let us take a look at what the things are that make a coin an MS-70 coin.
The first thing that you will need to understand is what the MS abbreviation stands for. This actually stands for Mint State. This is an uncirculated coin that has no traces of wear absolutely so. There are quite a number of the features that will make the coins of MS status and these include a good strike, good color and no blemish on them to mention but of the qualities that will make the coins of value to the collectors and the connoisseur. In this fact we can actually see the fact that these coins that you will have as part of your loose change in your pockets will hardly qualify as Mint State coins.
Many coins collectors and connoisseurs have the feeling that some of the most beautiful and affordable dollar coin is the American Silver Eagle. This American Silver Eagle dollar coin was actually first designed in 1986 and it has its obverse design taken of the half dollar sign designed by Adolph Weinman, and actually contains a troy ounce of 99.9% silver. The other side of the American Silver Eagle coin will have the inscriptions of the phrase, IN GOD WE TRUST, the word LIBERTY and as well an inscription of the year in which the coin was minted. Between the years of 1986 and 2005, only the bullion or the proof Silver Eagles were minted.