Coin Glossary

You can find most popular coin collecting phrases in this coin glossary.

Coin Glossary

H

half eagle - another name for a United States $5.00 gold coin.  (See eagle and double eagle.)

hub - coin production term used to refer to a reverse design that is used to make the dies that strike the coins.  Sometimes a punch that is used to stamp the design into the coin die.

hairlines - very light lines or scratches on the surface of a coin. Sometimes caused by light cleaning or polishing.

hammer die - top die. The hammer die is the top die that is placed on top of the coin blank and struck. Years ago this was done with a hammer. See "anvil die" and "die".

head - the obverse or front of most coins. Usually with a portrait of someone but not always. 

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