What do G, VG, F, VF, XF, AU and UNC mean? 

Last update: 26 November 2023

G, VG, F, VF, XF, AU and UNC are grades, signifying how a particular coin, banknote or piece of exonumia is worn and how much of the original details remain. Those letters are abbreviations for:

  • G: Good
  • VG: Very Good
  • F: Fine
  • VF: Very Fine
  • XF: Extremely Fine
  • AU: Almost Uncirculated
  • UNC: Uncirculated


There are also lesser grades, not represented on Numista: 

  • PO: Basal State or Poor
  • FR: Fair
  • AG: About or Almost Good


On Numista item pages, you can also encounter Proof and BU (Brilliant Uncirculated) coins, banknotes or pieces of exonumia. Both are made a little differently from standard coinage or production. Details can differ from mint to mint for both. 


You can read more about the grading of these type of items on Wikipedia: