A new firm, Superior Grading, is now conducting business
authenticating and grading United States and world paper money, and
securing it in archival quality holders.
The new third-party grading service, established in Yorktown
Heights, N.Y., outside New York City, was founded by national bank
note collector Greg Davis.
Superior Grading offers a standard service at 10 working days and an
express service at five working days, according to Davis.
If Superior Grading does not turn around the notes in the time
specified for the level of service purchased, the fee is cut in half,
according to the Superior Grading website.
To submit notes to Superior Grading for authentication, grading and
holdering does not require a collector to join a club or contact a
dealer, according to the firm.
The grading label secured inside each archival Mylar holder
designates the note’s series and denomination, the Friedberg number as
attributed in Paper Money of the United States by Arthur and
Ira Friedberg (or pertinent numismatic reference), the serial numbers
and printing plate numbers, the grade and the superlative describing
the paper quality.
A plus sign (+) will follow the numerical grade on the grading label
if in the opinion of the graders the note was superb for the grade,
but not strong enough to meet the next highest numerical grade.
Superior Grading, according to Davis, currently employs three
graders and has additional paper money experts available on a contract
basis when needed.
Superior Grading offers the following services, according to the
“Full online access to every order and note we grade for you — forever.
“High-resolution images (front and back) of your notes that are
accessible and downloadable from the web site.
“A guaranteed service window backed up by a 50 percent discount if
we don’t deliver in time.
“Regular electronic updates available for each step of the order.
Your account profile allows you to configure notifications for when
your order is received, processed, graded, packaged and picked up for
“An online user community that allows you to showcase your
collection(s) on our website. Through the Superior Grading community,
you can display a single note or a collection of notes with other
users — all collections can be specified as public or private
depending on your preference.”
Superior Grading's website or write the firm at Box 935,
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598. Telephone the grading service at
914-420-8741, or email it at firstname.lastname@example.org.