Coin Glossary

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

Coin Glossary

Z

zinc - cheap metal used to mint coins. It was used from 1982 tom int US 1 cent penny as copper-plated zinc, 97.5% zinc. Also used in combination with steel, as with zinc plated steel cent of 1943, which was minted due to shortages of copper during WII and in brass coins, which look similar to gold. Modern US 1 dollar coins are made from brass (alloy of copper and zinc) and nickel to immitate gold.

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12/15/2018
Another gold coin worth $1.2K left in Salvation Army Red Kettle
The Gold Coin Phantom has struck again, conspicuously dropping a gold coin worth around $1,200 into one of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle donation buckets in Springfield, Ohio. This is at least the t... more info

12/14/2018
1885 gold coin donated to Salvation Army red kettle
Thanks to a heartfelt and anonymous donation, the Salvation Army received a golden gift Thursday night when an antique gold coin was dropped into a red kettle in Ontario, Oregon. The Salvation Army sa... more info

12/15/2018
Battered by inflation for decades, defiant Sh1 coin refuses to die
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