The Ultimate Ingredient
by Steve Estes©
What is the relationship between eye appeal and value? Eye appeal plus scarcity equal the true value of your numismatic cabinet.
Eye appeal is defined as the overall appearance of a coin, determined by a combination of strike, lustre and presence or absence of surface blemishes.
Eye appeal judges a coin within its issue and grade. I devised The Eye Appeal Grade© for certified coins to help the collector understand how coins
fit into the spectrum of possibilities within their issue and grade.
The Steve Estes Eye Appeal Grade©
The Eye Appeal Grade is a scale
from 1 to 10 (1 is lowest, 10 is highest) and represents Steve's professional
opinion of a coin's relationship to an average coin within the technical
grade. An average coin would be eye appeal 5.
It is important to note all grading -- even by third-party services -- is subjective opinion. It is in
the collector's best interest to gain knowledge and experience to
formulate his/her own opinion concerning grading coins.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Neither grading nor eye appeal is an exact science. One may find slight variations between two coins at eye appeal 8 (or lower), especially
when comparing eye appeal within different issues. However, you will find my application of eye appeal to be very consistent, enabling you to build a finely matched set or group of coins.
Herein lies the key -- the sum of its parts make the whole of a stunning and valuable numismatic cabinet.