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UNCIRCULATED (UNC): A perfectly preserved note, never mishandled by the issuing authority, a bank teller, the public or acollector. Paper is clean and firm, without discoloration. Corners are sharp and square, without any evidence of rounding, folding or bending. No light handling is present, no compromise, a perfect note. An uncirculated note will have its original, natural sheen.
ABOUT UNCIRCULATED (AU): A virtually perfect note, with some minor handling. May show very slight evidence of bankcounting folds at a corner or one light fold through the center, but not both. An AU note can not be creased, a crease being a hard fold which has usually "broken" the surface of the note. Paper is clean and bright with original sheen. Corners are not rounded.
EXTREMELY FINE (EF/XF): A very attractive note, with light handling. May have a maximum of three light folds or one strongcrease. Paper is clean and bright with original sheen. Corners may show only the slightest evidence of rounding. There mayalso be the slightest sign of wear where a fold meets the edge.
VERY FINE (VF): An attractive note, but with more evidence of handling and wear. May have several folds both vertically andhorizontally. Paper may have minimal dirt, or possible colour smudging. Paper itself is still relatively crisp and floppy. There are no tears into the border area, although the edges do show slight wear. Corners also show wear but not full rounding.
FINE (F): A note which shows considerable circulation, with many folds, creases and wrinkling. Paper is not excessively dirty but may have some softness. Edges may show much handling, with minor tears in the border area. Tears may not extend intothe design. There will be no center hole because of excessive folding. Colours are clear but not very bright. A staple hole ortwo would not be considered unusual wear in a Fine F note. Overall appearance is still on the desirable side.
VERY GOOD (VG): A well used note, abused but still intact. Corners may have much wear and rounding, tiny nicks, tears mayextend into the design, some discoloration may be present, staining may have occurred, and a small hole may sometimes be seen at center from excessive folding. Staple holes and pinholes are usually present, and the note itself is quite limp but NO pieces of the note can be missing. A note in VG condition may still have an overall not unattractive appearance.
GOOD (G): A well worn and heavily used note. Normal damage from prolonged circulation will include strong multiple folds and creases, stains, pinholes and/or staple holes, dirt, discoloration, edge tears, center hole, rounded corners and an overallunattractive appearance. No large pieces of the note may be missing. Graffiti is commonly seen on notes in G condition.
FAIR (FR): A totally limp, dirty and very well used note. Larger pieces may be half torn off or missing besides the defectsmentioned under the Good category. Tears will be larger, obscured portions of the note will be bigger.
POOR (PR): A "rag" with severe damage because of wear, staining, pieces missing, graffiti, larger holes. May have tape holding pieces of the note together. Trimming may have taken place to remove rough edges. A Poor note is desirable only as a "filler" or when such a note is the only one known of that particular issue.