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COIN COLLECTING DEFINITIONS STARTING WITH "W"

Walking Liberty Half Dollar: the U.S. Half Dollars struck from 1916 to 1945.

want list: a list of the coins you need to complete your collection.

Wartime nickel: the U.S. Five Cents pieces struck from 1942 to 1945 in which silver and manganese was substituted for Nickel.

Washington Quarter Dollar: the U.S. Quarter Dollars struck from 1932 until today.

weak strike: a coin that did not receive a full impression from the dies.

wear: friction on the surface of a coin.

well struck: a coin that has complete details thanks to a crisp, bold stamp from the dies.

West Point: the official U.S. Mint at West Point, New York that struck coins from 1984 until today.

whizzing: the application of a high-speed rotating brush to the surface of a coin with the intent to create an artificial luster.

wire edge: a variety of the 1907 $20 High Relief gold coin that has a partial or full wire rim.  The other variety is the Flat Edge.

wire rim: the knife edge caused when metal squeezes between the die and the collar under extreme pressure.

with arrows: silver coins of 1853-1855 and 1873-1874 that have arrowheads on either side of the date to indicate changes in their weight.

with arrows and rays: silver Quarter Dollars and Half Dollars of 1853 that have arrowheads on either side of the date and radiating rays on the reverse to indicate changes in their weight.

With Motto: refers to the U.S. silver and gold coins struck between 1866 and 1907 that had the motto “IN GOD WE TRUST” added to the design on the back.

with rays: silver Quarter Dollars and Half Dollars of 1853 that have arrowheads on either side of the date and sun rays on the reverse to indicate changes in their weight.

World Coins: any coin issued by countries other than the United States.

worn die: a die that has been used for so long that the details have begun to wear down, resulting in a coin with less than adequate details.

Wreath cent: the type of 1793 Cents with a wreath on the reverse that replaced the 1793 Chain Cent.




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