Press release from Numismatic
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® has expanded its Plus (+)
Designation to world coins struck prior to 1970.
All eligible world coins submitted for grading on March 3, 2015,
and later will be reviewed for +.
The Plus (+) Designation is assigned by NGC to coins at the high end
of their numeric grade, approaching the quality requirements for the
next grade. It differs from the NGC Star Designation, which is awarded
to coins with exceptional eye appeal for their assigned grade.
The decision to evaluate world coins for + comes as collectors and
dealers around the world have become increasingly attuned to the
precision of the NGC coin grading scale.
Demand for a more nuanced indication of premium quality for world
coins has steadily grown as NGC certification has become more popular
internationally. NGC is the world’s largest third-party coin grading
service with nearly 32 million coins certified, including nearly 1
million Chinese coins, more than 300,000 Australian coins, more than
250,000 Canadian coins, nearly 200,000 British coins and more than
100,000 Russian coins.
“Collectors of world coins have become highly sensitive to the
subtleties of each grade as a result of the rapid global acceptance of
NGC’s certification,” says Mark Salzberg, chairman of NGC. “The
expansion of the Plus Designation to world coins recognizes the
incredible sophistication of these collectors.”
NGC graders have used indicators of premium quality internally for a
number of years and in 2010 NGC launched + for most US coins. The
success of this designation led NGC to expand + to world coins struck
prior to 1970.
Coins with numeric grades from Extremely Fine-45 through Mint
State-68 are automatically evaluated for + during the regular grading process.
NGC does not assign + to numeric grades below EF-45 or to MS-69 or
MS-70 coins. There is no designation review service for +. All coins
must be submitted for grading to be evaluated for +
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