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“First Strike” or “First Release” Designations

June 29, 2016 - Coin dealers and grading services may use these terms in varying ways. Some base their use on the dates appearing on United States Mint product packaging or packing slips, or on the dates of product releases or ceremonial coin strike...

Coin Term Glossary

March 6, 2018 - Alloy: A mixture of two or more metals American Numismatic Association (ANA): nonprofit educational organization that encourages the study of money throughout the world. Annealing: Heating blanks (planchets) in a furnace that softens the metal Assay: To analyze and determine...

Anatomy of a Coin

September 20, 2017 - The coin shown is a proof half dollar. Familiarity with the following terms, as well as the additional ones listed in our glossary, will help you communicate with other coin collectors. Main Elements Obverse The front side (“heads”) of a...

ANA Coin Grading Scale

September 20, 2017 - United States coins are most often graded with the American Numismatic Association (ANA) grading scale. The ANA is a non-profit group created in 1891 and chartered by Congress since 1912. ANA Grading Scale Summary Perfect Uncirculated (MS-70) is in perfect...

Collecting Basics

December 11, 2017 - Coins have a rich history, making collecting a rewarding hobby. Why collect? People collect coins for their bullion, investing in coins for potential long-term profit, and/or artistic value. Additionally, some people are casual enthusiasts, collecting foreign coins from trips or...