Full Bands, Full Head, Full Steps, etc....Is this a registry phenomenon?
@coinsarefun posted a thread about a very nice Mercury Dime and whether or not it was full bands. That got me thinking...
Why do we have such designations now? Are they a result of the registry?
"Nice coin, but it's not full bands." Ugh. People form a negative opinion of an otherwise great coin because one tiny feature is not fully struck.
I'm guilty of it too. I've thought to myself "Nope, it doesn't have FB (or FS or FBL or FH or whatever) on the label" and I pass by it without even a second look. What's wrong with me?
I know this is not a new topic. I'm just wondering how it got started...and why.