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WANT LIST
- Usually in reference to a list of coins, with designated grades, that a collector is currently looking for. Such lists may be placed with selected dealers to keep on file in the hopes that they will find the wanted items and then contact the collector.
WAMPUM
- Bead money of North American Indians, originally white shells or parts of shells, but later other colours were used.
WASHED-OUT LOOK
- See Dipped Out Look.
WEAK STRIKE
- A coin with certain of its details not fully formed because of the hardness of the alloy, insufficient striking pressure or improper die spacing. The term "weak strike" is usually intended for those coins that are weakly struck that Typically seen for their particular series (not date).
WEAR
- The abrasion of the metal from a coin's surface caused by normal handling and circulation. Any coin with wear is said to be "circulated."
WHIZZED COIN
- A coin mechanically or chemically treated to make it appear to be of a higher grade than it actually is.
WHIZZING
- Any process such as buffing, burnishing, polishing, acid treatment, and/or wire brushing, by which any metal is moved or removed on the surface of a coin, medal, or token to make it look better than it actually is. Most whizzed coins have an unnaturally shiny appearance, due to the abrasive action of the buffing wheel, chemical, scour pad or whatever is used on the coin. Coins are also whizzed to remove or reduce unsightly problems (abrasions), to mask the effects of adding or removing a mintmark or altering a date. Whizzed coins must be so described when offered for sale. The action of whizzing a coin greatly reduces its value.
WHOLESALE
- The price at which a dealer can normally buy a coin.
WIRE EDGE
- Slight flange on coins or medals caused by heavy striking pressure, often characteristic or proof coins. Also Knife Edge, Wire Rim. See Square Rim.
WONDERCOIN
- A slang expression used to refer to a spectacular coin that is visibly without flaws, with superb lustre and strike, and the most incredible toning imaginable. Commands substantial price premiums with certain collectors.
WOODEN NICKELS
- Substitute for coins first used in the 1931-35 depression, having originated in Tenino, Washington. Issued in round or rectangular form and in many denominations. Currently used for advertising and souvenir purposes.
WORKING DIE
- Die used to strike coins directly as distinguished from a master die or developmental hubs.
WORKING HUB (HOB)
- The transfer die with a relief design (usually) from which working dies are made.
WORLD RECORD PRICE
- Reference to the highest price ever paid for a specific coin (denomination and date) in a specified grade. See also Highwater Mark.
WORN DIE
- A die that has been worn from overuse in the production of coins and may show damage in the form of roughness, clash marks, cracks, etc. all of which will result in inferior quality coins if further used.




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