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We frequently talk to people who are not familiar with the hobby and they don’t know what makes a note qualify as being in uncirculated condition. We have a guide here about the technical grading of paper money, but we wanted to briefly discuss the topic here as well.
One description we hear a lot is “everything is readable.” If a note was undecipherable it would not be collectible. Readability has nothing to do with grade. We are well aware that it is very difficult for a novice to analyze the intricacies of paper money grading. However, if describing a note, instead of assigning an arbitrary opinion like “decent” shape or “normal wear” try to take it step further. Consider the number of folds, take a look at the corners, check for pinholes. The more accurately and technically you can describe a note the more seriously you will be taken. If you can describe a note like a professional while you are taking bids for a sale – you will 100% of the time be offered more money. When possible include pictures. firstname.lastname@example.org