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CGC Currency Grading and Certification Inc.

Official Website:
Contact Name: Joe Bissell
CGC Contact Phone Number: 1-858-539-6737

Mailing Address:
Joe Bissell - CGC
7660 Fay Ave. Suite H-356.
La Jolla, CA 92037

How to Submit Notes

Submitting notes to CGC (Currency Grading and Certificationn) is easy.

1. Use the contact information above to submit notes to CGC.

CGC General Grading Service Fees

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CGC Additional Grading Services

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CGC Grading Standards and Numbering System

Numeric Grades

Adjectival Grades


MS 67

Superb Gem++

For the most part, this is as good as it gets! There are, however, a few (68's) in the world (a bison, rainbow, etc.). These notes are considered the Superb Gem ++

MS 66

Superb Gem

It is possible to obtain several notes in (66), especially the lower Denominations. However, you'll see anywhere from 10 to 100 times factor in (65's) over (66's). These notes are Superb Gems!

MS 65


This is where the serious collector begins his journey. This is the level where GEM starts. This doesn't mean the note is flawless, but it does mean this uncirculated note is very well centered, has a crisp, original, undamaged (no pinholes - aging/fading) - Just as it says, a true Gem!

MS 63/64

Choice Crisp Uncirculated

Choice Crisp Uncirculated (ChCu) is usually fresher and brighter than an average Cu note. Must be somewhat well centered (close to even margins), but may not quite make the cut to Gem due to small imperfections.

MS 60/62

Crisp Uncirculated

Crisp Uncirculated shows no trace of circulation. Centering may not be perfect, may have pinholes, smudges, wrinkles or a corner tip fold - But not into the design. Very crisp.

MS 50/59

Almost Uncirculated

Almost Uncirculated (AU) appears new, but under examination reveals light use: centerfold, a horizontal fold, or just a light crease. Original paper/good centering.

MS 40/45

Extremely Fine

Extremely Fine notes are lightly circulated and may have several folds, but still retains much crispness, should not have any tears, stains, or discoloration's.

MS 20/35

Very Fine

Very Fine notes have normal circulation qualities. May have folds, creases, and even smudges. A popular grade for inexpensive collecting.

"Friedberg Numbers" from Paper Money of the United States (19th ed.) by Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg are used with permission of the Coin & Currency Institute
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