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.

Coin Term Glossary

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B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

O

P

Q

R

S

T

U

V

W

X

Y

Z

W

Mintmark used by the West Point, New York branch mint.

W-Mint

A term applied to the coins struck at the West Point, New York branch mint.

Walker

Jargon for a Walking Liberty half dollar.

Walking Liberty

A common name for a Walking Liberty half dollar.

Walking Liberty Half Dollar

Half dollars struck(1916 to 1947)

Want List/Wish List

A term used in reference to a list of coins that a particular collector, investor or dealer wishes to acquire.

War Nickel

Short for Wartime nickel

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
anniversary of George Washington’s birth.

Watery Look

A look was 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.

Weak Strike

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.

Weenie

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.

Wheel Mark

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.

Whizzing

Term to describe the process of mechanically moving the metal of a lightly circulated coin to mimic lustre.

Wonder Coin

Jargon for a coin whose condition is particularly superb also referred to as the Perfect Coin

Working Die

A die actually used to strike the coins. This die is prepared from a working hub and used to strike coins.

Working Hub

A hub created from a master die and used to create the many working dies required for coinage.

World Coins

A term applied to coins from other, foreign countries.

Worn Die

 

After extended use, the die starts losing detail and needs to be replaced. Coins struck from worn dies will often appear weak and of a low standard.

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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