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The Grading System outside the English speaking world.

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Going through Krause I always like looking through the part on the "Standard International Grading Terminology." With my limited knowledge of some languages I see that the concept of "good" "extremely fine" or what-not is pretty much in line with some languages. "Bello," "molto bello" and "bellisimo" for example would be used to denote the Italian concept of VG/F/VF. I also note that some use a number system to grade with 0,01,1+ ect. . . to denote the grade.


I am wondering how many, if any of you have gone to other countries and seen these various grading systems, or noticed a move towards a standard that would be accpeted and understood by all languages, or just acceptance of a system that more of the world uses. I know that a 1-70 scale is out of the question unless experts of a particular country did massive research to get to a consensus of what a particular grade for each type of coin of their country is. Well not to ramble because I am having trouble actually asking what I am thinking right now, but I would be interested in your opinions or experiences on grading systems ouside of the US.

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Coin World already has in its 2003 features schedule at least one feature planned on foreign grading systems. I have many questions myself, and would like to know: Is a coin grading About Very Fine actually a Fine?

I've not assigned the feature to a specific issue yet, but it should run sometime early next year.


William T. Gibbs

News Editor

Coin World

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