The coin shows heavy wear and most details on raised points are worn smooth. The coin should have a full or almost full inscription; but the letters may be weak. Hairlines and other smaller details, such as headgear, dress folds, and facial features, will show significant flatness, although the major devices on the coin will be fully outlined.
Coin grading is subjective, and different individuals will grade ancient coins differently. That is why we wont to present our criteria and standards. The grades most collectors and dealers use for ancients are somewhat different than the grades used for modern world coins. In our practice we use definitions that we believe represent the most wide accepted norms. Adjustments for the base grades as VF-, VF+, aVF (about VF) are possible, but we will try to avoid them. The grades from highest to lowest state of preservation are: FDC (Fleur-de-coin); Mint State; Extremely Fine; Very Fine; Fine; Fair; Poor.