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Eagle

1. U.S. gold coin (1795-1933) with a face value of $10. The basic standard from which all other early U.S. gold coin derive their value, either in fractions or in multiples of an Eagle. 2. Modern U.S. gold and silver bullion and numismatic coins.

Extremely Fine (XF)

Slightly circulated coin; very fine hairlines partly obliterated.

Eye Appeal

The aesthetic effect that a coin has on its viewer. Although somewhat subjective, like any form of art, that which constitutes eye appeal (or lack of it) is generally upon by most numismatists.