I've long been a fan of original grey-toned circulated silver with a "two-tone" look that provides contrast between darker fields and lighter devices. Most of you probably know what a "Cameo" proof coin is, right? A coin with deeply mirrored fields and frosty portrait or devices? Well, a "Circulation Cameo" is an entirely different thing, but the same principle, really. It is a darker toned coin that got lighter highlights as an effect of light rub on the higher portions of the design, giving it a sort of "cameo" contrast, though not in the same was a proof, of course, since we're talking about circulated coins. I wanted a good shorthand term to describe this look, so I came up with "Circulation Cameo", or "CircCam", for short. This term gained some acceptance on the PCGS/Collectors Universe boards, and I've seen members there adopt it and even use it in their eBay descriptions. Now, I could go on and on about this, but the best way to further describe the look is to post some examples. This is a CircCam. Rather dark, to be sure, but the coin was not that brown looking in hand after I bought it from these images. It was a perfect grey CircCam. A lot of this stuff might be too dark for some people's tastes, but I like me a good "black-n'-white" CircCam. I'm not a fan of completely-dark silver, but when you've got the contrast to make the design elements "pop", it's a good thing. A little more subtle, perhaps, but still a CircCam: Classic CircCam all the way. Not the best pictures, though (these are scans). A nice CircCam half. And a dollar. Though it's tougher to find them without straying into "environmental damage" territory, you can find copper CircCams, too. This Indian cent looks enviro-damaged and porous in the photos, but it had nice surfaces when examined in hand. I found it a totally acceptable CircCam for one of my old type sets, and it was cheap, too. In hand, this Trade dollar, despite a small rim nick, was as nice a CircCam as I had seen in a long time. An ancient bronze CircCam! (Actually struck in orichalcum, a sort of brass). And yes, there are gold CircCams, too, sometimes. This on a medieval hammered gold piece. I think you see what I'm talking about, now. Post some of yours!