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A lengthy discussion begun in 2016 on the Coin Talk site deals with a certain type of circulated coin the proposer called "Circulation Cameos". I became aware of this when some new content was added this week. Are E-Sylum readers familiar with this term?
I've long been a fan of original grey-toned circulated silver with a "two-tone" look that provides contrast between darker fields and lighter devices. Most of you probably know what a "Cameo" proof coin is, right? A coin with deeply mirrored fields and frosty portrait or devices?
Well, a "Circulation Cameo" is an entirely different thing, but the same principle, really. It is a darker toned coin that got lighter highlights as an effect of light rub on the higher portions of the design, giving it a sort of "cameo" contrast, though not in the same was a proof, of course, since we're talking about circulated coins.
I wanted a good shorthand term to describe this look, so I came up with "Circulation Cameo", or "CircCam", for short. This term gained some acceptance on the PCGS/Collectors Universe boards, and I've seen members there adopt it and even use it in their eBay descriptions.
Now, I could go on and on about this, but the best way to further describe the look is to post some examples.
This is a CircCam. Rather dark, to be sure, but the coin was not that brown looking in hand after I bought it from these images. It was a perfect grey CircCam. A lot of this stuff might be too dark for some people's tastes, but I like me a good "black-n'-white" CircCam. I'm not a fan of completely-dark silver, but when you've got the contrast to make the design elements "pop", it's a good thing.
Here are a couple more examples.
Language is constantly evolving, and I have no objections to new terms - they serve a need or wouldn't have been invented in the first place. What do readers this of this one? See the complete thread online (17 pages worth)!
To read the complete discussion thread, see:
What is a "CircCam", you ask? Look and see! And post yours! (Cited from: https://www.cointalk.com/threads/what-is-a-circcam-you-ask-look-and-see-and-post-yours.288335/)
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