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Exceptional Features

Some features which enhance the value of ancient coins to collectors.

Term Meaning
Attractive Patina

The 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.

Broad Flan
Large Flan

The coin is struck on a blank that is unusually large for the issue and permits the entire design to be clearly impressed.

Bold

The coin is striking; its design features are easily distinguished from the fields.

Choice Exceptionally 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)
Good Style The quality of the die engraving is exceptional and the coin has unusual artistic appeal. Many variants: Fine style, pleasing style, etc.
Good Portrait The quality of the portrait is exceptional and the coin has unusual artistic or historical appeal. Variants: Excellent portrait, superb portrait etc.
High Relief The design is engraved in higher relief than usual, enhancing its artistic appeal.
Sharp strike
Well struck
The coin is not just properly struck, all details are exceptionally clear and the die is new.
Smooth surfaces The coin's surfaces are smoother and more attractive than usual for its preservation grade.
Toned The coin (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.
Well Centered The coin is almost perfectly centered and every detail of the design is on the flan.

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