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Coin Dictionary - D


The term used describe the value of a certain type of coin/money.  For example, the US currently has the cent, nickel, dime, quarter, half dollar and dollar in coins.  Any one of these can be referred to as a denomination.   


Device refers to the design elements of a coin, which means the actual part of a coin that is part of the design.  See Field  


A die is an engraved metal stamp used for striking out the design of a coin. The die is often hardened so that when it strikes the metal blank an impression will be left which is the coin.  A die is the reverse image of the finished coin.  The bottom die is called the anvil die and the top die is called the hammer die.