|COIN COLLECTING DEFINITIONS STARTING WITH "H"|
hairline: a fine, thin surface scratch that is usually caused by wiping a coin with a cloth. Hairlines affect grades and values negatively, depending on how many are present.
Half Cent: the U.S. copper coins struck from 1793 to 1857 worth one-half of one Cent..
Half Dime: the U.S. silver coins struck from 1794 to 1873 worth five Cents..
Half Disme: the 1792 Half Dime (believed to be pronounced “Half Deem”, after the French).
Half Dollar: the Fifty Cents coins struck from 1794 until today.
Half Eagle: the official government term for a Five Dollars gold piece.
halogen light: an extremely bright light that is often used to grade coins.
haze: a light film on a coin caused by oxidation or PVC.
Heraldic Eagle: design type that shows an eagle with outspread wings and a shield on its chest. Used on many U.S. coins from 1795 until today.
high points: the tops of the design elements on a coin, where wear is most likely to occur.
High Relief: variety of the 1907 $20 gold piece designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens and the new 2009 Ultra High Relief Gold Saint on which the design elements are much higher than usual.
hoard: an accumulation of the same type or types of coins.
hoard coin: a coin that is known to have originated from a hoard.
hoarder: a person who builds a hoard.
Hobo nickel: a Buffalo Nickel with the Indian’s head re-engraved into amusing images.
holed: a coin that has a hole drilled through it, usually so that it can be worn as jewelry. A hole destroys a coin's value and rarity is the only thing that will help to offset it.
hub: a die with an incuse design, used to make dies for coining.
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