DIM Paper Money Grading Scale
DIM uses a 70-point numerical scale derived from the internationally recognized Sheldon grading scale. The following descriptions show how a note’s condition is reflected by the grades assigned by DIM.
What is a 70?
DIM defines a 70 as having no evidence of handling visible at 5x magnification. Notes graded 70 must also qualify for the DIM Exceptional Paper Quality (EPQ) and DIM Star () Designations.
The DIM Grading Scale
slightly off center. There is no evidence of handling visible to the unaided eye.
The margins and registration are slightly off center. There may be very minor handling.
be above average.
in the design.
There will be no folds, however. The margins may touch or come into the design.
smudges or other signs of handling. There will be no folds through the design.
issues but there will be no folds through the design.
have four to seven light folds.
folds or too much circulation to warrant a Very Fine grade.
but there may be minor defects.
note must be whole with solid paper.
splits are common for this grade. The note is limp.
Notes in this grade are commonly seen with pieces missing.