Ultra Cameo

Definition:

A term used, most notably by NGC, to denote Proof coins that have deeply frosted devices and lettering that contrast with the mirror fields. Also see: “Deep Cameo.”

 

 

Ultra rare

Definition:

A coin or other numismatic item that is represented by only a few examples.

 

 

Uncirculated

Definition:

A coin or numismatic item that has never been in circulation, a coin without wear. Also see: Brilliant Uncirculated, Mint State, and New

 

 

Used

Definition:

Term used to describe a coin that has light to heavy wear or circulation.

 

 

Variety

Definition:

A coin of the same date and basic design as another but with slight differences such as variations in date, mintmark size and placement.

 

 

Very Fine

Definition:

Term for the grades VF-20, 25, 30, and 35.

 

 

Very Good

Definition:

Term for the grades VG-8 and VG-10.

 

 

Vest pocket dealer

Definition:

A part-time coin merchant.

 

 

VF

Definition:

Acronym for Very Fine.

 

 

VG

Definition:

Acronym for Very Good.

 

 

Washington quarter

Definition:

Synonym for the Washington quarter dollar.

 

 

Washington quarter dollar

Definition:

Quarter dollar first struck in 1932, as a circulating commemorative coin to celebrate the two-hundredth anniversary of George Washington’s birth. It was designed by Laura Gardner Frazier and was a continuing series from 1934 through 1998 (with a special Bicentennial reverse in 1976). For 1999, the obverse was redesigned and the State quarter series begins. Each of the 50 State quarters will have a different reverse design with 5 new issues per year.

 

 

Watery look

Definition:

Term for the wavy finish seen on the surfaces of most close-collar Proof coins.

 

 

Weak strike

Definition:

Refers to a coin that does not show its intended detail because of low striking pressure or improperly aligned dies.

 

 

Wear

Definition:

Visible erosion of metal, usually beginning from the highest points of a coins. Eventually, lettering, details, or entire devices are obliterated. Wear should not be confused with a weak strike. It is possible for a worn coin to have more detail than a weakly struck mint state coin.

 

 

Wheel mark

Definition:

Synonym for “counting machine mark.”

 

 

Whizzed

Definition:

An artificial process whereby the surface of a coin is buffed to give it the appearance of having natural cartwheel lustre.

 

 

Wire edge

Definition:

An effect whereby a thin, wire-like section of the rim of a coin is raised above the rest of the rim along the outside. This effect is typically caused by very high striking pressure, and tends to occur mostly on proof and high relief strikings.

Also see: Knife edge, Wire rim

 

 

Working die

Definition:

A die created from a working hub that is used to strike coins.

 

 

Working hub

Definition:

A hub created from a master die that is used to create the working dies.

 

 

Worn die

Definition:

A die that has lost detail due to extended use. Dies were often used until they wore out, or were excessively cracked or broken. Coins struck from worn dies often appear to be weakly struck, however, they are not caused by low striking pressure.

 

 

XF

Definition:

Abbreviation for Extremely Fine.

 

 

Did You Know?

no1933quarterThere were no Washington Quarters minted in 1933