Coin Glossary

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

Coin Glossary

R

raw - means the coin has not been certified, slabbed or encapsulated by a coin grading service.

Red Book -The Official RED BOOK of US COINS. A price guide book on US coins and their values by R.S. Yeoman. Perhaps the most popular book for listing US coin retail values, grades, and mintages.

Redfield - Lafavre Redfield.  Silver dollar collector/investor. 

reeded edge - The edge of a coin that has small reed like lines on it. Today's US dimes and quarters are examples of reeded edge coins. See "lettered edge" and "incused edge".

relief - the part of the design that is raised from the surface of the coin. Example: Washington's face on a Washington quarter.

restrike - a coin minted from original dies, however at a later date than originally intended.

reverse - the back side of the coin. Opposite of obverse.

riddler - a machine that sorts out wrong size/defective blanks (planchlets)

rim - the raised edge of a coin created by the upsetting mill. The idea being that if the edge on both sides of the coin is raised like the design it will help protect the coins design from wear.

roll - a group of coins in the same denomination in a paper wrapper package by banks, dealers, or the US Mint. Sometimes a roll is put into a plastic coin tube. The number of coins in a roll depend on the denomination. For US Cents there are 50 in a roll, nickels- 40, dimes- 50, quarters- 40, halves- 20, dollars- 25.

rounds - coin shaped silver pieces. Not official legal tender, however they may be accurate in bullion weight. Like silver bars only shaped like a coin.  

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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
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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