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cabinet friction

Slight surface wear on a coin, token or medal caused by friction between it and the tray or envelope in which it is contained.

The United States one-cent coin is a unit of currency equaling one one-hundredth of a United States dollar. Its symbol is: . Its obverse has featured the profile of President Abraham Lincoln since 1909, the centennial of his birth. From 1959 (the sesquicentennial of Lincoln's birth) to 2008, the reverse featured the Lincoln Memorial. 2009 will see several designs to honor Lincoln's 200th birthday, while the coin will be re-designed in 2010. The coin is 0.75 inches (19.05 mm) in diameter and 0.061 inches (1.55 mm) in thickness. [more info on cent/penny]

check number
On modern paper money, used as a cross reference for the plate number which appears on the margin of a currency sheet and which is trimmed from the note before it enters circulation to identify the printing plate from which the note came. On the obverse, the check number is a letter and number combination appearing in lower right corner; on the reverse, it is a number only appearing at the lower right. Often incorrectly called the plate number.

chop mark (shroff mark)
A small punched impression applied by Chinese (chop) or Indian (shroff) banks or change offices to attest to the full weight and metallic content of a coin.

Civil War tokens
Privately-issued emergency coin-like tokens, the approximate size of current U.S. cents, which circulated during the Civil War because of a scarcity of small change. Two major types were issued: patriotic tokens, with patriotic themes; and store cards, advertising pieces often carrying the issuer's name, address and type of business or services. See also token.

Composite coinage metal strip composed of a core, usually of a base metal such as copper, and surface layers of more valuable metal, silver (or sometimes copper-nickel). Cladding is a cost-saving measure, making coins cheaper to produce while maintaining a desired appearance.

Sometimes used to denote an incomplete planchet coin; in earlier days, clipping was a process of shaving edges of coins to remove small amounts of metal for illegal gain (which gave rise to lettered or reeded edges).

Coin note
See Treasury note.

Usually a piece of metal, marked with a device, issued by a governing authority and intended to be used as money.

A retaining ring die within which the coin dies operate; the collar forms the edge design of the piece such as reeding or lettering.

Refers to coins or paper money issued by the Colonial governments of the 13 British Colonies that became the United States. See "state coinages."

A piece issued to mark, honor or observe an anniversary, other event, place or person, or to preserve its memory.

compound-interest Treasury note
A type of U.S. paper money authorized in 1863 and 1864; they brought 6 percent interest, and were to be redeemed three years after issue.

condition census
Term introduced by Dr. William H. Sheldon to denote the finest specimen and average condition of next five finest known of a given variety of large cents. Catalogers are gradually extending the use of the term to other series.

See: accolated.

contact marks, bag marks
Minor abrasions on an otherwise Uncirculated coin, caused by handling in Mint-sewn bags and contact with other surfaces. Sometimes called bag marks.

Continental currency
paper money issued by the authority of the Continental Congress during the Revolutionary War. See also currency.

Continental dollar
A dollar-sized pattern struck in 1776 as a proposed coinage.

Constitution - We the People 2 coin set: The 1987 Constitution Commemorative $5 Gold was issued along with a silver dollar coin to mark the 200th anniversary of the United States Constitution. The coins were authorized to have a mintage of up to 10,000,000 silver dollars and 1,000,000 gold coins. While mintages fell short of the maximum, sales were still relatively strong, especially for the gold coin.

Acronyms used at Bureau of Engraving and Printing for Currency Overprinting and Processing Equipment and Currency Overprinting and Processing Equipment, Packaging. Machines used to apply overprinting of seals, serial numbers and Federal Reserve index numbers to 16-note half sheets of paper money; then the COPE cuts the half sheets into single notes, bundles them into 100-note packages with a paper band, and into larger plastic-wrapped packages.

Coinage alloy composed of copper and nickel in varying amounts.

A reproduction or imitation of an original.

Style of Liberty Head used on U.S. copper and gold coins for much of the 19th century. Liberty wears a coronet (most depicting the word LIBERTY).

An object made to imitate a genuine numismatic piece with intent to deceive or defraud, irrespective of whether the intended fraud is primarily monetary or numismatic.

A general term embracing most silver coins from about 20 to 30 grams in weight and from about 33 to 42 millimeters in size. The term has become applicable also to most nickel alloy coins of the same range of size and weight. Coins of 43 or more millimeters in diameter are said to be multiple crowns.

A form of die break that leaves a shapeless lump of metal on part of a coin.

Copper-nickel; term often employed by the government.

Applies to both coins and paper money. Many use the word currency for paper money only. Currency is legal tender.

Coins and paper money in circulation.

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