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Weak Strike:

A coin with certain of its details ( in the area of high relief) not fully formed because of the hardness of alloy, insufficient striking pressure or improper die spacing.


The abrasion of metal from a coin’s surface caused by normal handling and circulation.


The artificial treatment of a coin by wire brushing, acid dipping, or otherwise removing metal from the coin’s surfac to give it the artificial appearance of being in a higher grade. Whizzed coins must be so identifed when been described or offered for sale. Whizzing is an alteration and not a grade or condition.

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