jfp7375 Posted July 1, 2022 · Member Share Posted July 1, 2022 As a new collector, something I've realized is that people have different standards for what makes a coin desirable. The variables I think about (not necessarily in order) are: Historical significance (is there a good story?) Portrait Quality Reverse design (is it cool or unusual? is there a thematic fit with the issuer's reign/career/personality?) Overall Eye Appeal (artistic style, toning/patina) Condition (strike quality, degree of wear, completeness/legibility of legends, etc.) For me, I've noticed I place a below average premium on condition - relative to most other collectors I chat with, I'd rather have a slightly worn coin with a great historical story, a unique design, and/or very attractive toning than I would something that is in super sharp condition but otherwise less distinctive. Just thought it would be interesting to hear how everyone else thinks about these tradeoffs! Obviously, there is no right or wrong way to collect so I am sure we have a diversity of opinion here. 6 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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