Category Archives: Vernacular

All information regarding the vernacular associated with numismatics.

What is a Troy Ounce, Anyway?

Coin collecting and numismatics can be a cryptic business, often operating in what seems like a foreign language.  When it comes to silver and gold coins, some of the terminology surrounding them can get frustrating. “Troy ounce” seems to be … Continue reading

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Making “Heads” and “Tails” of Numismatic Terms

During my first week of work at International Coins & Currency (well over 20 years ago!), I repeatedly heard the terms “obverse” and “reverse.” New to the collecting world, I had no idea what those funny words meant. It didn’t … Continue reading

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Attempted Assassination?

There’s been talk recently about killing the Presidential Dollar Program. In fact, on July 19, 2011, Senators David Vitter and Jim DeMint introduced a bill to terminate the $1 Presidential Dollar Program. There is currently about a billion dollars worth … Continue reading

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Coin Collectors Preserve History for Future Generations

The modern world is changing at an unprecedented pace. I know we hear that lament often and now take it for granted. In fact, we hardly even register the comment anymore. I guess we’re too busy learning to use our … Continue reading

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