Coin Glossary

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

Coin Glossary

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incuse - the part of a coin's design that is pressed into the surface. Opposite of relief. Example: the $2 1/2 and $5 Indian US gold coins are incuse design. Rather than the design being raised up off of the surface of the coin, it is pressed into the metal. See "reeded edge" and "lettered edge" ingot - see "bars"

Ike dollar - see Eisenhower dollar

inscription - the words stamped (written) on a coin

intrinsic value - the value of the precious metal that a coin is made of. Often called "bullion value".  Not to be confused with "face value".

investment grade - used to indicate a high grade of coin that might make a good investment.

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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