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Mint State

Mint State.  Unblemished condition; as if still in the mint. The term means the same as uncirculated when applied to numismatic and medallic items (mint state is also applied as a top condition in other items, as books or such, which are not made in a mint). Thus mint state should imply pristine state with no signs of wear or damage or impairment. When the term “mint” alone is used as a condition, what is meant is this term. Several grading systems utilized mint state as a descriptive term, abbreviating it MS-60 to MS-70.  See condition, uncirculated.


excerpted with permission from

An Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Technology

For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators


Roger W. Burdette, Editor

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