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One of the most important things to know about graded bullion coins is the scale that determines their value.
The Sheldon Scale is the scale that numismatic grading services uses to determine a coin's quality.
Only the higher grades of the Sheldon Scale are relevant for grading bullion coins because any bullion coin with a grade lower than MS-68 isn't worth much more than the premium value of the coin.
(Note: MS = Mint State)
There are four well known and respected coin grading services that collectors look for when they want to purchase a graded coin.
The Top Four Grading Services are:
Coins graded/certified by PCGS and NGC are the two top grading services, and their graded coins hold the highest premiums in the industry.
To learn more about graded bullion and the grading practices of the four leading third-party grading services, go to the Graded Bullion page.
Graded bullion coins that hold high premiums are bullion coins with low mintage figures, toned bullion coins, error bullion coins, and bullion coins with a perfect grading - MS-70.
All of these factors make a coin rarer and gives it a numismatic value with a higher premium. In addition, the coin will carry the same high premium when it is resold.
American Eagle silver graded bullion coins, often carry lower premiums than other graded bullion coins because US silver eagle bullion coins are mass-produced.
The American Silver Eagle proof and un-circulated graded coins are more sought after graded coins, than the bullion version.
This is why grading services specify "First Strike" on the graded American Silver Eagles to bring rarity to the bullion coin.
Graded Gold and Platinum American Eagle bullion coins, are often found with premiums closer to their collector's edition counterparts.
Graded "Silver" Bullion Coins that possess higher premiums than the coin's silver content are associated with coins that are made from countries.
For instance, China's Silver Panda, Australia's Silver Lunar, Mexico's Silver Libertad and the UK's Silver Britannia bullion coins are minted in limited production and a lot less of them are graded, giving them a higher premium than the American Silver Eagle.
Note: Graded American Eagle Silver bullion coins and Graded American Eagle Silver "Un-Circulated" coins look very similar to one another.
The one difference is the "Un-Circulated" version has the "W" Mint Mark on the reverse side, where the bullion version of the coin has no Mint Mark.
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