Mint condition is an expression used in the description of pre-owned goods. Originally, the phrase related to the way collectors described the condition of coins. As the name given to a coin factory is a "mint", then mint condition is the condition a coin is in when it leaves the mint. Over time, the term "mint" began to be used to describe many different items having excellent, like-new quality.
The term mint condition may be used to describe a variety of collectible items, including action figures, dolls, toys, stamps, records, comic books and similar items. The term may have a slightly different meaning in each case. For instance, when describing trading cards, "perfect" condition is used to describe the condition as it is when pulled from a pack, while "mint" would be new but opened. Similar graduations of mint condition exist for other collectibles based on their specific characteristics. A postage stamp may be mint or mint never hinged for example.
- NRFB – Never removed from box
- MISB - Mint in sealed box
- MIB – Mint in box
- MIP – Mint in package
- MOC – Mint on card (For accessories sold attached to a card)
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