Keeping up with the Terms, Abbreviations 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.

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Quarter

Coin of the quarter dollar denomination.

Quarter Eagle

The correct terminology for a two-and-one-half dollar gold coin. This denomination, two and one-half dollars or one-fourth of an eagle, was first struck in 1796, struck sporadically thereafter, and discontinued in 1929.

Questionable toning

Term to describe the colour on a coin that may not be original. After a coin is dipped or cleaned, any subsequent toning, whether acquired naturally or induced artificially, will look different than original toning. PCGS will not grade coins with questionable colour.

If we missed a word or phrase, please let us know. We would like to grow and expand this list with your help.

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