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
03/30/2017
Massive gold coin stolen from German museum
A gold coin nicknamed the "Big Maple Leaf" with a face value of $1 million was taken from the Bode Museum in Berlin, Germany, at 2a.m. Monday morning. On one side of the coin is a likeness of Queen Elizabeth II, and on the other is a maple leaf. The coin ... more info

03/30/2017
Berlin museum director responds to shocking giant coin theft
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03/29/2017
‘Most Secure Coin In the World’ ?
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