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.
Mintmark used by the West Point, New York branch mint.
Term applied to the coins struck at the West Point, New York branch mint.
Jargon for a Walking Liberty half dollar.
Common name for a Walking Liberty half dollar.
Walking Liberty Half Dollar
Half dollars struck(1916 to 1947)
Want List/Wish List
Term used in reference to a list of coins that a particular collector, investor or dealer wishes to acquire.
Short for Wartime nickel
Refers to the five-cent coins struck during World War II comprised of 35% silver, 9% manganese, and 56% copper.
Washington Quarter Dollar
The John Flanagan designed quarter dollar first struck in 1932 as a circulating commemorative coin. This coin was minted to celebrate the two-hundredth
A look seen on the surfaces of most close-collar Proof coins. Highly polished planchets and dies give the faces an almost “wavy” look.
Weak Edge Lettering
Indicates the edge lettering is weaker than normal and has a portion of a letter/star or inscription missing.
A term used to describe a coin that does not show anticipated, detail due to improper striking pressure or improperly aligned dies. These coins are not of a high standard.
An individual who is obsessed with a particular series or group of series. Examples are Silver(Protea) R1 weenies, ZAR weenies, etc.
West Point Mint
The West Point Mint was originally opened in 1937 as a bullion depository and was officially designated by Congress as a Mint on March 31, 1988. This mint uses the “W” mintmark.
Synonymous with “counting machine mark.” A small circular scratch on the surface of a coin caused by a coin counting machine. Wheel marks are considered damaged, and coins so marked cannot be encapsulated.
Term to describe the process of mechanically moving the metal of a lightly circulated coin to mimic luster.
Jargon for a coin whose condition is particularly superb, also referred to as the Perfect Coin
A die actually used to strike the coins. This die is prepared from a working hub and used to strike coins.
A hub created from a master die and used to create the many working dies required for coinage.
Term applied to coins from other, foreign countries.
After extended use the die start losing detail and needs to be replaced. Coins struck from worn dies will often appear weak and of a low standard.