Yes. ANACS is the first major grading service to grade cleaned, corroded, damaged, repaired, and other “problem coins”. Label’s display a coin’s “detail grade” and the coin’s corresponding problem(s). “Details” Graded coins are not eligible for the ANACS Guarantee.
ANACS grades the following tokens:
|Straight Grades (problem free)||Problem Grades (detail graded)|
|Mint State (MS) 70-60||MS60|
|About Uncirculated (AU) 58, 55, 53, 50||A8 (AU58)|
|Extremely Fine (EF)45, 40||A5 (AU55)|
|Very Fine (VF) 35, 30, 25, 20||A3 (AU53)|
|Fine (F) 15, 12||AU (AU50)|
|Very Good (VG) 10, 8||E5 (EF45)|
|Good (G) 6, 4||EF (EF40)|
|About Good (AG) 3||V3 (VF30)|
|Fair (FR) 2||VF (VF20)|
|Poor (P) 1||FI (FI-12)|
|Other Grade Designations|
|Other Grade Designations GH (Genuine)|
|N8 (Non-eligible – wrong size for encapsulation, not something we grade, corrosion that is not PVC)|
|N9 (altered coin, not genuine, questionable authenticity, etc.)|
No Grading service attributes as many varieties as ANACS. You can either submit your coins with the attributions already included or you can ask ANACS to research the attribution for you. The cost for ANACS to do either is listed on the submission form. This fee is in addition to the grading fee. It is recommended to submit your coins requesting variety, attribution, or error designations on a separate submission form from your other coins. This service can add an additional 15 business days.
Once a coin has been removed from an ANACS holder there is no guarantee that it will be given the same grade it once had. Furthermore, once a coin has been removed from the ANACS holder, the ANACS Gurarantee of grade and authenticity no longer applies.
The following designation will be listed on the ANACS label whenever appropriate for coins graded MS or PF-60 and above, except for AU and better coins as noted:
|FSB||Full Split Bands||Mercury and Roosevelt Dimes||Full Split Bands not designated on Proofs, save with reholders.|
|FH||Full Head||Standing Liberty Quarters (AU 50 and above)|
|PL||Proof-Like||Business Strike Coins (AU 50 and above)|
|DMPL||Deep Mirror Proof-Like||Business Strike Coins (AU 50 and above)|
|UDM||Ultra Deep Mirror Proof-Like||Business Strike Coins (AU 50 and above)|
|FBL||Full Bell Lines||Franklin Half Dollars||Full Bell Lines not designated on Proofs, save with reholders.|
|5 STEPS||Five Steps||Jefferson Nickles||Steps not designated on Proofs, save with reholders.|
|5.5 STEPS||Five and One Half Steps||Jefferson Nickles||Steps not designated on Proofs, save with reholders.|
|6 STEPS||Six Steps||Jefferson Nickles||Steps not designated on Proofs, save with reholders.|
|CAMEO||Cameo Contrast||Proof Coins and SMS Coins|
|DCAM||Heavy Cameo Contrast||Proof Coins and SMS Coins|
|RED||Red Color||Copper Coins|
|RB||Red Brown||Copper Coins|
|BRN||Brown Color||Copper Coins|
Coins in which a reverse only superlative may describe the coin are not deemed appropriate by ANACS to list on the holder. For Example, ANACS does not designate a Proof Franklin Half Dollar with a reverse cameo contrast as REV CAMEO on the slab label.
PVC residue is a surface contaminant that may be caused by storing a coin in a soft, pliable vinyl flip. The amount of time a coin needs to reside in a vinyl flip before the PVC film develops will vary significantly, depending on temperature, humidity, the age of the flip, and the type of coin. Under optimal conditions, PVC residue can begin to form in as little as two weeks. At ANACS, we only use Mylar flips. Mylar flips are free of all PVC.
The composition of a coin is a strong factor with the formation of PVC residue.
A gold or platinum coin will be the most resistant, a silver coin is next, and a copper or copper-nickel coin will be the most susceptible. Copper and copper-nickel coins are also highly susceptible to corrosion and/or spotting from excessive moisture and high emperatures. Due to this, collectors need to be extra careful with their choices of storage materials for these coins.
During the manufacturing process for soft vinyl flips, an agent is added to increase pliability. The main reason for this is to allow the flips to be reused without breaking or tearing. This softening agent will migrate out of the plastic over time, and becomes the surface film that is called “PVC Residue.” As this film continues to degrade, it eventually turns into a mild acid, and begins to attack the surface of the coin. Until the film is removed from the coin, it is usually not possible to tell if the coin has been damaged. Additionally, this chemical reaction can continue even if the coin is sealed in an inert plastic holder. This is why ANACS does not encapsulate coins with active PVC contamination.
Recognizing PVC residue is not always easy. When the residue begins to form, it often appears as light milky spots on the coin. PVC residue also appears as streaks or a light haze, and ranges from nearly white to dark green or gray. If the coin has enough ontamination, and your sense of smell is good, you will detect an odor that imitates the smell of a new plastic shower curtain.
ANACS is OPEN for business. Our LOBBY is CLOSED and will remain so for the foreseeable future. We are accepting submissions via drop off at a local coin show near you, or by regular mail to our PO Box 6000, Englewood, CO 80155.
Please contact ANACS Customer Service at 1-800-888-1861 or [email protected] for any assistance.
ANACS is OPEN for business. Changes to our operations and local requirements are slowing our ability to record incoming submissions in the timely manner you have come to expect. These short delays, typically 3 or 4 business days, should not affect the overall turnaround time. We thank you to be patient. Our LOBBY is still CLOSED and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Please contact ANACS Customer Service at 800-888-1861 or at [email protected] for questions.