Keeping up with the terms and jargon can be sometimes frightening. We hope that the following Coin Collecting Glossary on the most frequently used terms, acronyms and definitions will be beneficial to you. If we missed a word or phrase, please contact us and let us know. We would like to grow and expand this list with your help.
The area of a coin that represents hair and may be an important grading aspect.
Thin scratches on a coin, usually in the fields or across the devices which are caused by rough or careless cleaning, wiping or drying of a coin.
Jargon for half dollar.
Refers to the Silver Two and Half Shillings produced between 1892 and 1897 as part of the President Kruger series(Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek)
The denomination was first struck in 1794 and still minted today.
At times rolls were issued with one half the number of coins in a roll that we consider to be normal today.
A powerful light source that enables a viewer to examine coins closely. This type of light reveals even the smallest possible flaws.
The upper die, usually the obverse – which descends to STRIKE the PLANCHET in the coining chamber.
A cloudy film, original or added, seen on both business-strike coins and Proofs.
Also referred to the large eagle, this emblem of Liberty resembles the eagles of heraldry.
A term applied to any coin at the upper end of a particular grade.
The area that are the highest on the coin and prone to wear.
A group of coins held for either numismatic or monetary reasons.
A coin that exists, or existed, in a quantity held by an individual or organization.
An individual who hoards a large number of a numismatic products.
Any toning acquired by a coin as a result of storage in a holder. Mainly refers to toning seen on coins stored in any type cardboard holders which contained sulfur and other reactive chemicals.
Minting term for the steel device from which a die is produced. The hub is produced with the aid of a portrait lathe or reducing machine and bears a "positive" image of the coin's design – that is, it shows the design as it will appear on the coin itself. The image on the die is "negative" – a mirror image of the design.