Perhaps I'm misunderstanding you, and if I am then please correct me. But based on your comments it sounds like you are thinking that it is being proposed in the article linked to that technical grading be used and market grading done away with. Am I correct ? If I am, I have to wonder why you are thinking that because what I got out of the article was definitely not THAT ! For example, this is a direct quote from the article - "Technical grading was not suitable for the coin market where strike, friction wear, and especially eye appeal are very important." Now reading that, how could anyone ever think that Mike is proposing a return to technical grading ? I mean he's flat out telling you that technical grading, when used all by itself, simply doesn't work ! What he is saying is exactly what I said in post #8 of this thread. And he himself confirms that in post #11. And none of this is anything new, it's been around for over 30 years ! It dates back to 1986 when the market grading system was created. Short and sweet, he's reminding everybody that the market grading system is a combination of the aspects of technical grading combined with quality of luster, quality of strike, and eye appeal. It is not just one or the other, market grading is a combination of the aspects of technical grading with additional aspects added to it. And that when grading coins, we cannot forget to use ALL aspects, ALL grading criteria. That's what the article is all about !