Coin Glossary

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

Coin Glossary

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walker - nick name for the "Walking Liberty Half dollar".

walking liberty - a half dollar with the Walking Liberty design. Made between 1916 and 1947. Thought by some to be one of the US most beautiful coin designs. The current "American Silver Eagles" have the same design on their obverse (front).

war nickel - sometimes called "wartime" nickels. These Jefferson US five cent coins were made during part of World War II. At the time there was a concern that metal would be needed in the war effort. Therefore a new mixture of metals was used in the nickel. 35% silver, 9% manganese, and 56% copper. As of this writing they are worth more than five cents due to their silver content. These "silver war nickels", as some call them, will have a large mint mark above the memorial building on the reverse (back).

white cents - see "copper nickel.

Whitman -Whitman Publishing company. Produces many collector's books, albums, and collecting supplies.

whizzed - a whizzed coin has been buffed or polished to give it the appearance of the luster found on a mint coin. Often whizzing is done on a high grade coin to try to sell the coin at a higher grade than it really is. Sometimes done by using a fine brush attachment on a high speed drill. Whizzing a coin may hurt the value of it rather than help it because it actually causes wear to the surface of the coin. See buffing.

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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