"Random Year" in a product description means that the coin you receive will not be a specific year but, rather, a coin of our choice based on availability.
An assay certifies the composition of a metal, along with its type and purity. When an assay is included with a product, it's typically a card or blister pack that contains the assayer's information.
Sometimes we will offer coins with, as an example, "$1 FV" in the title. This is often the case with "junk silver". If you're purchasing Kennedy Half Dollars with a $1 Face Value, that means you'll receive two half-dollars, which equals a $1 Face Value.
The mintage is the number of coins that were produced in a given run. For instance, almost 4 million Silver American Eagles were minted in 2023. On the other end of the spectrum, art coins tend to have a much smaller mintage, usually under 1000 coins worldwide. Many collectors look at mintage numbers in order to make an informed decision on the purchase of a particular coin or round.
A Mint is a facility where precious metals products are produced. There are a variety of mints, both in the United States and internationally, that produce the items we sell.
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