PMG Expands Grades Eligible for EPQ Designation

Posted on 1/27/2020

The minimum grade eligible for EPQ now is 20 instead of 25.

Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) has expanded the grades eligible for the Exceptional Paper Quality (EPQ) designation.

Now PMG’s graders will assign the EPQ designation, when merited, to banknotes graded PMG 20 and above. EPQ previously could be assigned only to banknotes graded PMG 25 and above.

An EPQ note is, in the opinion of PMG graders, completely original. EPQ notes will not have been physically, chemically, or materially processed to give the appearance of a higher grade. Notes exhibiting normal wear and tear for their grade are eligible. Notes must qualify for the EPQ designation to be graded Gem Uncirculated 65 and higher.

For more information about the PMG grading scale and designations, click here.

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