PHOTOGRADE
Official Photographic Grading Guide for United States Coins

by James F. Ruddy
edited and updated by Ron Guth

BUFFALO NICKELS 1913-1938

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About Good (AG-3)
Obverse: The rim will be worn down well into the letters.  Only a partial date will show, but date must be recognizable.
Reverse: The rim will be worn down into the letters.

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Good (G-4)
Obverse: The rim will be worn down into the tops of the letters of "LIBERTY."  The date will be readable but some of the numbers will be well worn.
Reverse: The rim may be worn down into the tops of the letters.  The horn need not show.

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Very Good (VG-8)
Obverse: The rim may touch the tops of the letters of "Liberty".  The date will be distinct.
Reverse: There will be a full rim.  Half of the horn will show.  The bison's back will be almost smooth.

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Fine (F-12)
Obverse: LIBERTY will be separated from the rim.  The date will be very bold.
Reverse: Two-thirds of the horn will show.  The major detail on the bison's back will show.