British coins grading - Penny 1861 to 1894 - Victoria - Bun Head
Leonard Charles Wyon engraved the dies of this portrait called Bun Head, because of the shape of the hair behind her head. Its based on a model by William Theed. Highest points of the design are the decorations on the dress with the motto HONI.
The portrait, starting 1889, was updated, but only small changes (double chin, older look...) were made but these minor adjustments don't affect the grading scale.
No detail in the design and date which are discernable, although very worn out. Some lettering should be apparent, if not necessarily readable. Date should be readable.
Hair details are hardly visible. Major illustrations and features are evident as outlines. Although the coin overall is heavily worn.
Some details in hair and crown. Full rim with clearly discernable illustrations and features. Most legends are readable clearly, but the whole coin is still significantly worn.
Some details in hair above the ear and little details in the dress begin to appear. Distinct rim, all legends readable, clear illustrations showing some detail, but the whole coin is moderately, but evenly worn.
We start to see all major line in the hair. The thistle and shamrock decorations starts to appear. Clearly readable but lightly worn legends, illustrations show good detail, rims are clean, but the whole coin shows moderate wear on the high points.
Hair lines are mostly sharp and distinct except above forehead. The rose, thistle and shamrock decorations are visible. Legends are sharp, illustrations are clear with slight but obvious wear on the high points.
Hair above forehead are visible and dress details are distinct. Sharp legends and illustrations show only a trace of wear on the highest points. There must be some remaining mint luster.
MS-60 to MS-70
The word HONI on the shoulder should be readable. Coins in this grade are mostly in mint condition and free of any wear.