$10 Indian Head Gold Coins MS 63
Grade DefinitionMS 63 is the contraction for the denotation "Mint State Grade 63". "Mint State" means the coin was uncirculated among the public, but rather saw use by banks and U.S. Government institutions. The "Mint State" designation begins at MS 60, and ends at MS 70, which is the top of the "Sheldon Scale", invented by Dr. William Herbert Sheldon in 1949. Gold coins are soft and even if they are "Uncirculated", coins this old will almost always show wear. $10 Indian gold coins seldom grade above MS 66 or MS 67 no matter how perfect they may look. Specifics of the GradeUncirculated $10 Indian gold coins in grade MS 63 will generally be pleasing to the eye and also have a fair amount of "Mint luster" or golden sheen emanating from them. Any scratches or nicks will be smaller than those on MS 62 or MS 61 coins, or they will be in areas other than the main designs. Flaws in the minting process may or will still occur, such as a light strike, but the flaws will be less pronounced or even undiscernible without magnification.