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How to Use the PCGS Price Guide

Using this guide is simple.

  • Choose the category of the coin falls under(i.e. Buffalo Nickels 1913-1938)
  • Scroll down to find the proper year, variety, and stike (Regular or Proof) under 'Description' column
  • Find the value under the appropriate grade column.


Below is an example of a Price Guide listing:

For example, the values for a 1913 Type 1 Buffalo Nickel would be as follows: MS60=$30, MS63=$49 and so forth.

PCGS Grading Standards

Below is the complete list of the PCGS Grading Standards. The grades row in the Price Guide are an abbreviated list ranging from G all the way to 70 (perfect), depending on the series you choose.


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GradeDescription
PO-1Identifiable date and type
FR-2Mostly worn, though some detail is visible
AG-3Worn rims but most lettering is readable though worn
G-4Slightly worn rims, flat detail, peripheral lettering nearly full
G-6Rims complete with flat detail, peripheral lettering full
VG-8Design worn with slight detail
VG-10Design worn with slight detail, slightly clearer
F-12Some deeply recessed areas with detail, all lettering sharp
F-15Slightly more detail in the recessed areas, all lettering sharp
VF-20Some definition of detail, all lettering full and sharp
VF-25Slightly more definition in the detail and lettering
VF-30Almost complete detail with flat areas
VF-35Detail is complete but worn with high points flat
EF-40Detail is complete with most high points slightly flat
EF-45Detail is complete with some high points flat
AU-50Full detail with friction over most of the surface, slight flatness on high points
AU-53Full detail with friction over 1/2 or more of surface, very slight flatness on high points
AU-55Full detail with friction on less than 1/2 surface, mainly on high points
AU-58Full detail with only slight friction on the high points
MS/PR-60No wear. May have many heavy marks/hairlines, strike may not be full
MS/PR-61No wear. Multiple heavy marks/hairlines, strike may not be full
MS/PR-62No wear. Slightly less marks/hairlines, strike may not be full
MS/PR-63Moderate number/size marks/hairlines, strike may not be full
MS/PR-64Few marks/hairlines or a couple of severe ones, strike should be average or above
MS/PR-65Minor marks/hairlines though none in focal areas, above average strike
MS/PR-66Few minor marks/hairlines not in focal areas, good strike
MS/PR-67Virtually as struck with minor imperfections, very well struck
MS/PR-68Virtually as struck with slight imperfections, slightest weakness of strike allowed
MS/PR-69Virtually as struck with minuscule imperfections, near full strike necessary
MS/PR-70As struck, with full strike
GVGovernment issue price
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