MAKING THE GRADE : The Franklin Mint Grading Guide : How To Grade Franklin Mint Silver Sets
Jon R Warren
Obviously, the better the state of preservation any collectible enjoys, the more it is worth. Our Franklin Mint Grading Guide is intended to give collectors some guidelines to help determine the grade, or condition, of their collectible. I welcome your feedback. Please e-mail me with comments and suggestions. My e-mail address is email@example.com.C10 = Like New
Grading is an art, not a science. It can take years of experience to learn how to accurately rate the condition of an item. Hopefully this guide will start you on your path.
As new (pre-1980 items are seldom found in this condition).
C9 : N-
Nearly New, but has very slight signs of age. No visible signs of wear or damage.
C8 = E+
Almost like new, with very, very few signs of handling, such as tiny scuffs from being slipped in and out of holders, noticeable only with a magnifying glass.
C7 = E : Excellent
Still very shiny, near new looking, with no visible signs of wear, but a few slight blemishes may be present.
C6 = E-
Still shiny but without the luster of a the above grade, may have a few light scratches or possibly signs of tarnishing.
C5 = VG+
C4 = VG : Very Good
V+ is an average condition collectible in which scuffs and general use has dulled the finish somewhat. Wear is moderate but eye appeal is generally very good. Surface not worn but not lustrous either.
Moderate, even wear throughout, but still very playable. Surface noise and scratches audible but not intrusive.
C3 = VG-
Surface scratches and general wear are obvious.
C2 = G+
C1 = G : Good
Quite seriously worn and scratched.
G- ; F ; and P
Some experts also use these designations for collectibles in extremely poor condition. We do not place these on the 10-point scale because Franklin Mint collectibles in this condition have little or no value. In cases where the item is extremely rare, it would be worth the C1 price in our price guide.
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