Coin Glossary

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

Coin Glossary

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keel boat - United States five cent nickel issued in  2004.  Features a picture of the keel boat that Lewis and Clark used on their expedition.  Captains Lewis and Clark can be seen in full uniform in the bow of the keelboat.

key date - a scarce date that is often hard to find to complete a collection. Usually more difficult to find, of lower mintage, or more expensive.

kilogram - one thousand grams.  Equals about 32.15 troy ounces. Also see "gram" .

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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
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