|COIN COLLECTING DEFINITIONS STARTING WITH "T"|
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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