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It is an interesting fact that both coins and beads are graded according to condition using the same scale. A grade F-12, means a bead showing much surface wear, but that still shows the type of bead that it is. An F-2 would look only like a bead without any hope of truly knowing what the bead was intended to be. A bead rated (extra fine) EF-40 shows some wear, but is in very fine condition, it may even have a chip, but one that is so small that the identity and beauty of the bead is not marred. A UNC is considered a bead that can be called uncirculated because of the pristeen condition, and is rated above a 50, showing no chips or cracks. A MS-60 is a Mint State bead that is so nearly perfect that it looks as if it was just made, with only the tiniest amount of wear. A bead listed as MS-65-70 is untouched, what we would call a Mint Mount. Those are so rare as to be unheard of. It is also important to note that beads often show the most wear INSIDE the hole.
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