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In regards to graded bullion, one of the most important things to know is what determines their value.
Numismatic grading services use the Sheldon Scale to determine a coin's quality.
Only the higher grades of the Sheldon Scale (below) 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 of 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 version of the coin.
Graded Gold and Platinum American Eagle bullion coins, often have premiums closer to their collector's edition counterparts.
Graded "Silver" Bullion Coins from countries other than the United States often carry higher premiums.
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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