Grading Guide - Halfcrown Type II 1939-1943
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This is the first page of a series which I intend to include all relevant grades of all the Modern Irish Coins and a more limited range of the earlier pieces.
Comments will be appreciated.
All the coins included in Index of Pictures of Irish Coins already have detailed condition comments and grades assigned to them - However these coins are usually chosen because they are particularly nice examples of coins (at least two illustrations are of the 'finest known' pieces)
The current series of pages (this one) are intended to illustrate coins in a more complete range of grades including down to grades which would not normally be collectable.
This page covers the 1939-1943 type halfcrown - these coins are generally common except for 1943 which is rare. Only the 1943 coins are of value in lower grades. And a 1943 is sufficiently rare that even in the lowest grade on this page (VG) it is probably worth more than any of the other four dates in Uncirculated condition.
No signs of wear. Original lustre still present. No disfiguring marks or edge bumps.
Light wear on highest points of design - no loss of detail. Some original lustre still present.
Light overall wear - only the finest detail is worn.
Light general wear - some loss of fine detail. All principal devices are very clear.
Most of the detail shows evidence of wear - some general flattening of raised surfaces.
Considerable overall wear - significant flattening of raised surfaces. Moderate loss of detail on devices.
Heavily worn. Main devices are flattened but retain some peripheral detail. Main devices and legends are still clear and distinct from the fields.