$2.5 Liberty Gold Coins MS 61
MS 61 is a contraction for the denotation of "Mint State Grade 61" as denoted by the Sheldon scale. This scale was developed by William H. Sheldon in 1949. All graded coins that ITM Trading deals in are graded either by PCGS or NGC, and use the Sheldon grade. "Mint State" means the coin is in uncirculated condition, and this specific delineation begins at MS 60.
Specifics of the Grade
A $2 1/2 Liberty gold piece in MS 61 condition will still retain some of it's original luster from the immense pressures created by the U.S. Mint presses, but there will be visible areas where this luster or sheen is no longer present. Marks or scratches on the small coin can either be pronounced or somewhat numerous. There will be some marring of the raised relief artwork of "Lady Liberty" on the front of the coin, and / or the "Heraldic Eagle" on the reverse, or back of the coin.