U.S. Coin Price Guide

Coin Collecting


telemarketer: a person or company whose primary business is to sell coins over the telephone.

teletype: an electronic system that allows coin dealers to communicate and trade with each other.

tensor light: a special bulb used to grade coins.  Tensor bulbs are usually brighter than incandescent but not as blinding as halogen.

Territorial Gold: privately issued gold coins of the mid 1800’s.  See: Pioneer Gold.

Thaler: any of the silver European coins, usually the size of a U.S. Silver Dollar.  The “Th” is pronounced as “t.”  Try it out and guess where we got the word “Dollar” from!

The Numismatist: official, monthly publication of the American Numismatic Association.

Three Cents - Nickel: a small coin made of Nickel with a value of Three Cents, issued between 1865 and 1889.

Three Cents -  Silver: a teensy, tiny silver coin issued between 1851 and 1873 with a value of Three Cents.  Also known as a “Fishscale” or “Trime.”

thumbing: applying a foreign substance to the surface of a coin with your thumb, usually to cover a flaw, hairline, or small defect.

token: a small coin with no stated value.  These are usually made for commemorative or advertising purposes.

toning: the color changes that occur on coins as a result of oxidation or contamination.  Sometimes toning can be ugly; often it can be quite beautiful.  Beware of artificial toning.

Trade dollar: a special Silver Dollar made from 1873 to 1885 that was sent to Asia to compete with silver bullion coins of other countries.  Many of these have interesting chopmarks.

treasure coin: a coin found as part of buried or sunken treasure.

trial strike: a test striking of a die, usually to see how the final coin would look or to see how the mint machinery would work.

trime: nickname for the Three Cents silver pieces struck from 1851-1873

Turban Head: design type used on U.S. gold coins from 1795 to 1807.

Twenty: nickname for a U.S. $20 gold piece.

Twenty Lib: nickname for the U.S. $20 gold pieces with a head of Liberty on the front, struck from 1849 to 1907.

Two and a Half: nickname for U.S. $2.50 gold pieces.

Two Cents piece: the copper U.S. Two Cent pieces struck from 1864 to 1873.

Two Headed Coin: (two head - 2 head - two tails) A trick coin used as a novelty. Usually made in one of two ways; by shaving two coins and bonding them together; or by machining the interior of one coin out and shaving another coin on one face and the edge and bonded together.

type: any particular design or denomination.

type coin: the most common example of the type, and the most affordable.

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