Monday, May 06, 2013

What is a “whizzed” coin?

“Whizzed” is a term that refers to coins that have been unscrupulously altered via a wire brush attached to a drill.

The purpose of “whizzing” is to remove a thin layer of metal on a lightly circulated coin in order to simulate the mint luster of an uncirculated coin.

Whizzing can often be detected under magnification by ridges or crests of metal attached to the edges of letters, digits, or other raised devices.

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