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Which Classic US Coins Have The Best 'Eye Appeal' In Your Collection?

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 Posted 11/20/2022  6:30 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add numismatic student to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
As I move through my collecting journey I realize that grade is a cornerstone of a coin's importance and value in my collection. Another that is increasingly important, perhaps to the point where it is almost just as or even more important is that the coin shows well to a well-trained eye.

Aside from grade and rarity, which coins in your collection have the greatest 'Eye Appeal?' These should be the most beautiful coins in your collection.

I think this will say a lot about what you prize most in the characteristics of a coin as beauty is in the 'eye of the beholder.'

I'll start the ball rolling in my collection. I purchased this beauty from Rick Snow a little while back.


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 Posted 11/20/2022  8:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jimbucks to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Next best to a PF at a much lower price.

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Is that a proof-like EDS business strike? Certainly looks proof.
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 Posted 11/20/2022  8:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jimbucks to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Is that a proof-like EDS business strike?


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 Posted 11/20/2022  10:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Winesteven to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Eye appeal is VERY subjective. I recognize that what I like, many knowledgeable collectors do not, and vice versa.

Here are three. The nickel is a 1936 PR67+ with CAC. It appears to have been one of the very first coins struck from newly polished dies. Any "distractions" you see are in the photos and are reflections, and not on the coin in hand.

As you can see, I like coins that are highly lustrous with strong strikes.




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11/21/2022 10:47 am
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im gonna have to think about this one. I'm not sure what my answer is. I like both of the topics you started today!
i like large cents. I currently have >225 Sheldon varieties and >235 middle date Newcomb varieties.
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 Posted 11/21/2022  12:40 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add numismatic student to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow. That Buffalo nickel looks chrome plated. It looks so different from the surfaces you see in a typical business strike buffalo. It reminds me of the proof sets from the 80s and 90s, the proof Jefferson nickels of that era, but produced using technology from 50 years earlier. The quality of the 64 Indian cent is also spectacular. Overwhelming that that coin was produced during the Civil War and was preserved in that condition for 158 years.

Look forward to seeing your entries CC.

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 Posted 11/21/2022  01:14 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add muddler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This old gal is a pleaser



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 Posted 11/21/2022  03:04 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
When it comes to eye appeal only, and disregarding numismatic value, the most obvious would be a fully struck up
blast white Walker in MS-65 +, with full mint luster. It has the recognized beauty of design, and would stand out brightly amongst a whole album page of toned coins
Silver is the whitest and brightest of all metals.

Same could be said of a St Gaudens Double Eagle.

The examples of both that I have are not good enough to comply with the OP's requirements.

With smaller coins, a slab can get a bit in the way of eye appeal enhancement.
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 Posted 11/21/2022  10:42 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oih82w8 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
"Eye appeal" is in the eye of the individual, IMO. I have seen some coins that I would not give a second glance to, where others would go crazy over...and vice-versa.
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 Posted 11/21/2022  11:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Zurie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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The examples of both that I have are not good enough to comply with the OP's requirements

I believe the request was to post the most beautiful coin in your own collection, not what you believe theoretically has the most eye appeal.

I'd have to go with my avatar coin, because I'm a sucker for peripheral album toning.

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My classic with the best eye appeal does not have a proper photo I can share, which is my 1856 Liberty Seated quarter (middle, below). It is one of the highest grade classics in my 7070 and has a beautiful gun metal tone with hints of rainbow when tilted.



If the coins to its left look weird it is because they were edited in later. The initial photo was taken long before they were purchased.
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 Posted 11/21/2022  2:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bikergeek to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My capped bust half dimes are my babies but I would struggle to find the one I like best among them. So I'll branch out a bit: here's an 1881 PCGS/CAC PR66 dime that I got from David Lawrence in July 2020.


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 Posted 11/21/2022  2:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add livingwater to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What beautiful coins and toning, love to see them. I don't have any toners, I have two Morgan MS 64DMPL, 1880 S, 1883 CC, pics at various lighting and angles, used finger to show reflection.




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 Posted 11/21/2022  11:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add numismatic student to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great entries y'all! Here is one I picked up a little while back that looked better in hand than in the pictures. Keeps getting better the more I look at it.


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