Coin Term Glossary

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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.

 

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Jefferson nickel

The Felix Schlag designed five-cent coin first struck from 1938 to date.

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Key Coin

The major, or most important, coin in a particular series. The "key" coin is usually the lowest-mintage coin and/or the most expensive coin in a particular set.

Key Date

It's refers to a scarce date required to complete a collection, usually more difficult to find and afford.

King

The number one coin. The 1804 dollar was referred to as the "King of Coins" in an 1885 auction catalogue. Since then, the word "King" has come to mean the most important coin of a particular series.

Knife Edge

Jargon for wire edge.

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Krugerrands

Krugerrands

Bullion-gold coins produced by the South African Mint. This was the world's first, government-backed gold coin produced.

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