Mint condition means in pristine shape, in an unmarred condition. Mint condition is used to describe used or pre-owned goods that have an excellent, like-new appearance and are in good working order. The word mint in mint condition refers to a coin that is newly stuck or newly minted and uncirculated, and therefore in pristine condition. Mint condition is first used in the 1880s to describe coins fresh from the mint and uncirculated, in the 1890s mint condition is used to describe rare postage stamps. Today, the phrase mint condition may be applied to any object or collectible. Mint condition is sometimes hyphenated as mint-condition when appearing in front of the noun it modifies, though use of the hyphen seems to be slowly disappearing.