$10 Liberty Gold Coins MS 64
MS 64 is the contraction for the denotation "Mint State Grade 64". This grade comes from the Sheldon coin grading scale, which was created by Dr. William H. Sheldon in 1949. Dr. Sheldon invented the scale to be originally categorize the condition of U.S. Large Cent coins, but his work was adapted to grade all U.S. coinage. Today PCGS and NGC use his grading system and they are the two most reputable coin grading services in America.
Specifics of the Grade
A $10 Liberty gold coin in MS 64 should be found to be pleasing to the eyes of both the novice and studied coin fancier. Any scratches or scuffs will either be very small or in an area other than the Liberty's main designs. Defects created by the U.S. Mint during the strike, or the minting process itself, will probably not be visible to the naked eye, but will require magnification and a trained eye to see. If a $10 Liberty achieves a grade of MS 64, it's market value and desirability will increase due to it's condition. The overall value of the coin will also be determined by the spot price of gold.