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DCAM vs. UC/Ultra Cam

Ian Russell on Sat, Jun 18, 2011 10:13:22 PM
For most proof issues, coins exist with varying degrees of reflective surfaces, which coin experts call a “cameo” effect.  PCGS, NGC and ANACS will assign a grade to proof coins, but also a qualifier if they feel the coin exhibits a Cameo or Deep Cameo/Ultra Cameo.

Note:  DCAM and UC/Ultra Cam are the same designation.  DCAM is used by PCGS and ANACS, while NGC uses UC/Ultra Cameo.

Many recent U.S. Mint proof coins are fairly consistently awarded the DCAM/UC designation, while certain earlier gold issues are quite scarce in even Cameo, let alone DCAM/UC condition.