Coin Glossary

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

Coin Glossary

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Gem - a beauty of a coin.  One with unusually high quality.

Gem BU - A beauty of a coin ! Means GEM quality Brilliant Uncirculated coin. Indicates that this uncirculated coin shows mint brilliance and is extremely attractive for the type of coin. Some might say it sparkles like a "GEM". See Coin Grading

gouges - heavy marks on a coin where the metal was gouged out from coming in contact with something. Typically worse than "contact marks" or "bag marks".

grade - a rating or clarification that indicates how much wear a circulated coin has. Grades can also indicate the degree of perfection for uncirculated coins. Two popular grading guides are Photograde and the ANA Grading Guide. Both use a scale system from 1 to 70, measuring coins from About Good -3 to Mint State Uncirculated- 70. See Coin Grading

grading standards - a set of criteria indicating how much wear a coin shows.

gram - weight.  Metric system of measuring weights.  Approximately 31.1 grams are in one troy ounce.

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Coin Collecting News
12/09/2018
BBL08: 'Hills or flats?' - Bat flip replaces coin toss for new season
Twenty20 cricket has never been a favourite of the traditionalists but not even the pre-game coin toss is safe in the new season of the Big Bash. In an homage to backyards around the country, captains ... more info

12/10/2018
BBL opts for backyard-cricket style bat flip over coin toss in 2018/19 season
A backyard-cricket-style bat flip will replace the coin toss in the Big Bash League (BBL) to decide which captain has choice of batting or bowling first. BBL captains will be required to call "hills" ... more info

12/10/2018
BBL to replace coin toss with "bat flip"
Big Bash League will be replacing the traditional coin toss with a "bat flip" in its upcoming 2018-19 edition that starts December 19. Instead of the conventional "heads" or "tails", captains will now ... more info