Some features which enhance
the value of ancient coins to collectors.
coin's surface is covered with a relatively uniform coating of chemical compounds that
form a hard stable surface, and has a color and texture that enhances the coin's
appearance. Often described as "Green Patina" or the like to be more specific.
coin is struck on a blank that is unusually large for the issue and permits the entire
design to be clearly impressed.
coin is striking; its design features are easily distinguished from the fields.
attractive for grade. Of several coins having the same grade, most collectors would prefer
this one. (A much abused term that will see conservative use on this site)
of the die engraving is exceptional and the coin has unusual artistic appeal. Many
variants: Fine style, pleasing style, etc.
of the portrait is exceptional and the coin has unusual artistic or historical appeal.
Variants: Excellent portrait, superb portrait etc.
||The design is
engraved in higher relief than usual, enhancing its artistic appeal.
|The coin is
not just properly struck, all details are exceptionally clear and the die is new.
surfaces are smoother and more attractive than usual for its preservation grade.
(usually silver) has darkened or "toned" after cleaning, in a way that enhances
its appearance. Collectors of ancient coins usually prefer coins with nice toning.
||The coin is
almost perfectly centered and every detail of the design is on the flan.