Coin and Paper Money Collecting/DCAM vs SCAM


Hello Mr Moore,
I understand the letters "DCAM" stand for "Deep Cameo" type of coin (1970-S Wash. quarters), but having trouble finding what "SCAM" refers to; can you help me out?

Hi Victor,

In my many years of experience, I've seen CAM (cameo), DCAM (deep cameo), and UCAM (ultra deep cameo), but I've never see SCAM -- none of the reputable grading services use that designation, to my knowledge.

Sounds like SCAM could be just that -- a scam by a "third world" grading company to skirt around recognized grading designations -- buyer beware!

I hope this helps,


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My strong familiarity with all U.S. Mint coins, extensive reference library, and close relationships with many other dealers allows me to identify just about any coin made in the USA. I receive regular updates to all the current price guides -- both wholesale & retail -- to provide accurate values. So, with a good description or pictures, I should be able to identify and value any U.S. coin you have.


I've been a coin dealer since the 1980's and a coin collector since the 1960's. I specialize in U.S. Silver Coins and have an active online website -- The Working Man's Rare Coins -- -- offering information and inventory in U.S. coins.

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