Barely identifiable; must have date and mintmark, otherwise pretty thrashed.
Worn almost smooth but lacking the damage Poor coins have.
Heavily worn such that inscriptions merge into the rims in places; details are mostly gone.
Very worn, but all major design elements are clear, if faint. Little if any central detail.
Very worn, but wear is even and overall design elements stand out boldly. Almost fully-separated rims.
Moderately worn, with some finer details remaining. All letters of LIBERTY, (if present,) should be readable. Full, clean rims.
Lightly worn; all devices are clear, major devices bold.
Slight traces of wear on high points; may have contact marks and little eye appeal.
Slightest hints of wear marks, no major contact marks, almost full luster, and positive eye appeal.
Strictly uncirculated but that's all; ugly coin with no luster, obvious contact marks, etc.
Uncirculated, but with contact marks and nicks, slightly impaired luster, overall basically appealing appearance. Strike is average to weak.
Uncirculated with strong luster, very few contact marks, excellent eye appeal. Strike is above average.
Uncirculated with perfect luster, no visible contact marks to the naked eye, exceptional eye appeal. Strike is sharp and attractive.
Uncirculated with perfect luster, sharp, attractive strike, and very exceptional eye appeal. A perfect coin except for microscopic flaws (under 8x magnification) in planchet, strike, or contact marks.
The perfect coin. There are no microscopic flaws visible to 8x, the strike is sharp, perfectly-cantered, and on a flawless planchet. Bright, full, original luster and outstanding eye appeal.