Damaged. A collectors' term for a piece not in pristine condition – one mishandled in some manner. When the damage is extensive the piece is mutilated and of little interest to collectors. Any impaired piece is one lower in condition and value than one that is not damaged or impaired.
excerpted with permission from
An Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Technology
For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators
COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY D. WAYNE JOHNSON
Roger W. Burdette, Editor