Glossary

    .999 Fine

    Pure precious metal.

     

    2-Dimensional

    Artwork is engraved without contouring.

     

    3-Dimensional

    Artwork is sculpted in contoured multi-level relief.

     

    Assay

    To test the weight and metal purity of a coin, wafer or bar. 

     

    Blank

    The blank metal disk that is eventually struck and turned into a coin.

     

    Bullion

    Coins, bars, ingots, plates and wafers made from precious metal .995 purity or finer.

     

    Coining 

    Process by which the image is struck onto blanks using a die engraved with a mirror image of the design.

     

    Commodity

    Raw materials that can be bought and sold.

     

    Die

    Engraved steelblock used to stamp the image onto a blank, creating a medallion.

     

    Hallmarking

    Weight, purity or other information pressed into medallions.

     

    High Relief

    Figures that project out from a solid material.

     

    Field

    Flat part of the coin (the back round) on which the relief is struck.

     

    Finish

    The appearance or surface texture of the coins relief.

     

    Obverse

    The 'heads' or 'face' side of the coin.

     

    Reeding

    Grooved or serrated lines found around the edge of some coins.

     

    Relief

    The relief is the raised or three-dimensional image found on the coin's field.

     

    Reverse

    The 'tails' side of a coin.

     

    Rim

    The raised portion that runs along the perimeter of a coin.

     

    Spot Price

    The going price of silver or gold in the daily cash market.

     

    Troy Ounce

    Unit of measure in which precious metals are sold (31.1 grams).

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