|Re: What the hell is a Mint Calculator?|
Message #6 Posted by gifron on 11 July 2003, 1:40 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by V
I believe the term comes from numismatics, though more descriptive terms (i.e. grading) are commonly used today. A coin fresh from the mint would be considered "mint uncirculated," shortened to "mint." "Brilliant uncirculated" would be a subset of "mint uncirculated," etc... A coin can have bag marks, and still be "mint."
Based upon this reasoning, I would not require a "mint" calculator to be perfect, but I would not expect it to have any marks that it didn't have when it left the factory, like corrosion, a tiny dent, engravings, etc... Someone mentioned a "bomber" issue calc in another posting, which reminded me of some 35's (I think) listed on The Bull Cabinet, which were issued to Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. These reportedly are heat stamped with "LLL," or some such thing. Since this is a designed in, factory (mint) applied mark (assuming it is - I don't know though), if the calcs are in mint condition otherwise, I think they still could be called "mint."
Saying something is "mint, with a tiny dent and my name written neatly on the back," is just wrong. On the other hand, saying "it would be mint, except for the..." is okay.