Hi, TBR. You are not alone in that state of confusion. Include me in your group.
I think confusion is part of the learning process until we can absorb how the experts look at coins. Just like what Coop said, we need to get used to it. The learning process does not apply overnight. So, be patient.
The experts at CCF are very helpful & knowledgeable. Just keep on learning & looking. Enjoy the hobby.