IAGA Grading Services

We utilize the internationally recognized 10-Point Grading Scale on each of our artifact grading evaluations.  Some form of this standardized system is currently used in nearly every hobby worldwide as a guideline for grading collectibles.  The 10-Point Grading Scale has developed into the standard for the artifact hobby and is accepted by professional relic dealers, collectors, and leading auction houses.



Our grading service provides artifact enthusiasts with the opportunity to receive a separate grading determination when an artifact has already been certified by another qualified institution. 
(Please contact us prior to making a submission to determine if your certificate of authenticity is recognized by the IAGA.)

Artifacts that have a certificate of grading from the IAGA often see an increase in price and demand.  With a consistent grading standard, buyers and sellers will be able to trade with more confidence by mail, phone, or on the Internet, because they'll know what to expect of an IAGA graded artifact. Buyers that know what they're getting are more likely to be confident and aggressive bidders. Sellers can be assured they're getting paid a fair price for their artifact's condition.  And because the collector knows what to expect, fewer items are returned because of dissatisfaction.  Buyers trust IAGA graded items for all of the above reasons.

                                                        Grading Submissions                 

1. When making a grading submission, please include $10.00 for each artifact you would like graded along with $12.00 for return shipping.  An official IAGA Grading Certificate will be created for each submission.  (We offer special rates on evaluating large groups of artifacts and entire collections. Please contact us for further information).  We accept PayPal, Money Orders, Certified Checks, and Personal Checks as payment.  Personal Checks are subject to clearing before your package is returned.  Please send PayPal payments to: artifactgrading@yahoo.com

2. All submitted material (for grading only) MUST be accompanied by at least one Certificate of Authenticity or 'COA' from a qualified independent examiner or institution.  Please contact us prior to making a submission to determine if your certificate of authenticity is recognized by the IAGA.(Clear photocopies or photographs of the certificates are acceptable.  COA images can also be e-mailed)

3. Once your artifacts have been evaluated, they will be shipped back to you via USPS Priority Mail with Signature Confirmation.  If insurance is desired, please include the appropriate funds and indicate the amount of coverage desired.  For current Express and Registered mail rates please visit The United States Postal Service Website.  We are not responsible for any loss or damage caused during transit.  All items submitted with insufficient funds will be held until proper funds are submitted. 

4.  With all submissions please remember to send your contact information including name, address, and a telephone number where you can be reached.  Please mail all artifact submissions to:     

PO Box 58481
  Louisville, KY 40268

If you have any further questions before submitting your item(s) for evaluation, you can either contact us via e-mail at artifactgrading@yahoo.com or by phone at: (502)741-3335

IAGA Grading Chart



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Grade 10+

"Museum Collector Grade"

A superior artifact that is museum quality in all aspects, no detracting imperfections, superb symmetry, and visually appealing in all regards.  The finest example you would ever expect to see of the artifact type.  

Grade 10

"Outstanding Collector Grade"

An artifact that is of the Highest quality in all aspects, no detracting imperfections, superb symmetry. The artifact possesses outstanding visual appeal. Rarely is this class of artifact made available for sale.

Grade 9

"High Advanced Collector Grade"

A virtually perfect artifact in all aspects. May show one or two minute detracting marks only. An extremely high grade artifact, that has exceptional eye appeal.

Grade 8

"Advanced Collector Grade"

A very high grade and visually appealing artifact to collect. Very few, if any, detracting marks, better than average quality. Most high grade artifacts fall into this grading category.

Grade 7

"Collector Grade"

A high collector grade level artifact that falls just short of an advance collector grade. It may suffer from a few detracting marks or uneven symmetry. A very collectible grade of artifact.

Grade 6

"Collector Grade"

A collector grade artifact that may have a few flaws that keeps it from being a higher grade. Often this grade has a few detracting marks, average workmanship, and average symmetry. Still a very collectible grade of artifact.

Grade 5

"Average Grade"

An average grade artifact that usually features non-serious detracting marks. Average in symmetry, size, and workmanship.  A commonly collected grade of artifact.

Grade 4

"Average Grade"

An average grade artifact with a few more detracting marks than a grade 5 artifact. Average in form, size, and workmanship. A very common grade of artifact.

Grade 3

"Common Grade"

A below average quality artifact. Serious detracting marks and damage areas are obvious.

Grade 2

"Common Grade"

A below average quality artifact. Serious detracting marks and heavy damage areas are obvious.

Grade 1

"Common Grade"

A below average quality artifact. Extreme detracting marks and heavy damage areas are obvious.



Broken grade of artifact. This grade of artifact can vary in desirability. Some of the rarer classification artifacts demand high prices, while the common classification artifacts are commonly disregarded.

Characteristics Affecting the Grade of an Artifact

  • Quality of Workmanship: How well or poorly the artifact is crafted.
  • Symmetry: The artifact's overall balance of shape and form.
  • Size: The size of the artifact as it relates to other known examples.
  • Color: Evaluation of artifacts with unusual material or attractive coloring.
  • Damage: The degree of damage or imperfections on an artifact.
  • Wear: The amount of wear on an artifact is generally not a concern when grading, unless the artifact has been salvaged or the degree of wear affects the symmetry.
  • Eye Appeal: The aesthetic appeal of an artifact. This condition relates to all of the above criteria.
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