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W Mintmark for the city of Lille (French coins). EgCollector 2011-06-09
Walker Slang for a Walking Liberty half dollar. EgCollector 2011-06-09
Walking Liberty Common name for a Walking Liberty half dollar. EgCollector 2011-06-09
Walking Liberty half dollar Those half dollars struck from 1916 until 1947. The Walking Liberty design by A.A. Weinman undoubtedly was inspired by the popular Saint-Gaudens/Charles Barber Liberty Standing double eagle then current EgCollector 2011-06-09
War nickel Short for Wartime nickel. EgCollector 2011-06-09
Wartime nickel Those five-cent coins struck during World War II comprised of 35% silver, 9% manganese, and 56% copper. Tradition has been that nickel was needed for the war effort, hence the metallic change. However, recent research has shown that the boost to morale by having an intrinsic-value small denomination coin may have played an important part in the issuance of the Wartime nickel. EgCollector 2011-06-09
Washington quarter Short for Washington quarter dollar. EgCollector 2011-06-09
Washington quarter dollar The John Flanagan designed quarter dollar first struck in 1932 as a circulating commemorative coin. (This was to celebrate the two-hundredth anniversary of George Washington's birth.) It became a continuing series in 1934 and has been struck every year to 1998, albeit with a different reverse in 1976. In 1999, the obverse was redesigned and the State quarter series began to be struck. Each of the 50 State quarters will have a different reverse design with 5 new issues per year for 10 years. EgCollector 2011-06-09
Watermark Area of varying thickness of paper on a piece of paper money, creating a pattern of light and dark areas visible when the note is held up to the light. EgCollector 2011-06-09
watery look A look seen on the surfaces of most close-collar Proof coins. Highly polished planchets and dies give the surfaces an almost "wavy" look-hence the term. EgCollector 2011-06-09
weak strike A term used to describe a coin that does not show intended detail because of improper striking pressure or improperly aligned dies. EgCollector 2011-06-09
Wen The Chinese term for Chinese cash-style coins, issued in China up to the early 1900's. EgCollector 2011-06-09
West Point Mint The West Point Mint was originally opened in 1937 as a bullion depository and was officially designated by Congress as a Mint on March 31, 1988. This mint manufactures American Eagle uncirculated and proof coins, manufactures all sizes of the proof and uncirculated silver, gold and platinum American Eagle coins, manufactures commemorative coins that Congress mandates, and stores platinum, gold and silver bullion. This mint uses the "W" mintmark. EgCollector 2011-06-09
wheel mark Synonymous with "counting machine mark." EgCollector 2011-06-09
whizzing Term to describe the process of mechanically moving the metal of a lightly circulated coin to simulate luster. Usually accomplished by using a wire brush attachment on a high-speed drill. EgCollector 2011-06-09
Widow's Mite A small copper coin of ancient Judaea, more properly known as a lepton. The name derives from a passage in the bible where the coin is mentioned. EgCollector 2011-06-09
Wildcat Notes A subset of Broken Bank Notes, these are "banknotes" issued with little or no monetary backing, whose primary purpose was to defraud the holders of the notes. EgCollector 2011-06-09
wire edge The thin, knife-like projection seen on some rims created when metal flows between the collar and the dies. Also, slang for the Wire Edge Indian Head eagle of 1907. EgCollector 2011-06-09
Wire Edge eagle The 1907 Indian Head eagle for which only 500 coins were struck. Technically, a pattern, this design featured a fine wire rim and surfaces unlike any other United States issue. The fields and the devices of the die were heavily polished leaving myriad die striations that transferred to the struck coins. With a combination of satiny and striated surfaces, these rare coins have a look of their own. Often, unknowledgeable numismatists will look at one of these specimens and declare it hairlined or EgCollector 2011-06-09
Wire Edge Ten Common name for the 1907-dated Wire Edge Indian Head eagle. EgCollector 2011-06-09
Wire Money (British context) Early silver kopek and half-kopek coins issued by Russia in the 1600's, so called because the blanks were sliced cob-style off of a piece of EgCollector 2011-06-09
Wire Money (Primitive money) A term sometimes used for the silver larin, a primitive money of the Indian Ocean islands. EgCollector 2011-06-09
Wire Money (Russian context) Early silver kopek and half-kopek coins issued by Russia in the 1600's, so called because the blanks were sliced cob-style off of a piece of silver wire. EgCollector 2011-06-09
wire rim Alternate form of wire edge. EgCollector 2011-06-09
with arrows Alternate form of arrows at date. EgCollector 2011-06-09
with arrows and rays Alternate form of arrows and rays. EgCollector 2011-06-09
with motto Alternate form of motto. EgCollector 2011-06-09
with rays Alternate for of rays. EgCollector 2011-06-09
Won The primary currency unit in both Koreas; The South Korean won is a unitary currency, while in the North there are 100 chon to the won. The word is the Korean name for the Chinese "yuan". EgCollector 2011-06-09
wonder coin Slang for a coin whose condition is particularly superb. EgCollector 2011-06-09
woodgrain Resulted from impurities in the alloy or concentrations of pure copper that did not properly blend with the 5% tin and zinc added to it. When these less than perfect ingots were rolled into strip, from which blanks would later be punched, the concentrations were flattened and stretched into the patterns seen on the finished coins. Invisible when first struck, these flaws appeared only after the coin was exposed to atmospheric agents that caused the copper concentrations to tone more quickly than EgCollector 2011-06-09
working die A die prepared from a working hub and used to strike coins. EgCollector 2011-06-09
working hub A hub created from a master die and used to create the many working dies required for coinage. EgCollector 2011-06-09
World Coins Term applied to coins from countries other than the United States. EgCollector 2011-06-09
worn die A die that has lost detail from extended use. Dies were often used until they wore out or were excessively cracked or broke apart. Coins struck from worn dies often appear to be weakly struck but no amount of striking pressure will produce detail that does not exist. EgCollector 2011-06-09
Wreath cent Common name for the second large cent type of 1793. Complaints about the Chain cent led to the redesign resulting in the Flowing Hair with wreath reverse type. EgCollector 2011-06-09

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