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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Coin Collecting News
11/24/2017
Coin Collectors Show off Passion for Collection, History
POST FALLS, Idaho (AP) — It's pretty incredible to think about all the hands through which currency has passed, especially when it's 150 years old. "It's pretty cool," said coin collector and dealer Kale Wetherell. "That's what I like, the history. more info

11/24/2017
'Every vote counts': Utah mayoral race decided by coin toss
SALT LAKE CITY — Every vote mattered in a handful of Utah races this year. Take for example what happened in Wasatch County, where a coin toss was used to break a tie for Charleston's next mayor. On election night, Kam Alan Brown was three votes ahead ... more info

11/22/2017
28. Phil Luckett's botched coin toss
Football is a difficult sport, even for referees, but the coin toss is suppose to be the easy part. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case for Phil Luckett on Thankgiving Day in 1998. more info