The obverse of the medal generally depicts an image of a person or persons.
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So, for example, a medal might be described as being "nearly extremely fine" (fast Vorzuglich).
Toning is generally believed to improve the quality of a medal and so a toned medal should be described as such.
INSCRIPTIONS: Inscriptions are usually found around the portrait or devices of the medal or may also be in the exergue.
Most often the inscriptions are in Latin; otherwise they are generally written in the language of the country from which the medal originates.
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GRADING MEDALS The condition of historical and commemorative medals, like that of other numismatic items such as coins, is extremely important to most collectors.