Coin Glossary

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

Coin Glossary

H

half eagle - another name for a United States $5.00 gold coin.  (See eagle and double eagle.)

hub - coin production term used to refer to a reverse design that is used to make the dies that strike the coins.  Sometimes a punch that is used to stamp the design into the coin die.

hairlines - very light lines or scratches on the surface of a coin. Sometimes caused by light cleaning or polishing.

hammer die - top die. The hammer die is the top die that is placed on top of the coin blank and struck. Years ago this was done with a hammer. See "anvil die" and "die".

head - the obverse or front of most coins. Usually with a portrait of someone but not always. 

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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