Dick Johnson submitted these entries from his Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Terminology. Thanks. -Editor
First Strike. The first struck piece produced from a new pair of dies; usually the first circulation strike. Since this piece is from fresh dies
it should be sharp and crisp before any die wear has taken place; such first strike pieces are highly prized by collectors. Often a sample piece or two from among the first
strikes is selected for the artist or the archives; sometimes these are marked in some manner. See artist’s proof.
First strike ceremonies. A ceremony is often held on the commencement of production of important or famous coins or medals. Such a ceremony was held for the first commemorative
coins struck by the United States in 1892. Private mints held first strike ceremonies for gold medals when it became legal again for American citizens to purchase gold, December
31, 1973. The first U.S. Olympic coins were celebrated with a first strike ceremony at West Point, where production was started, September 1983. Numerous inaugural medals have
been publicized with first strike ceremonies.
Early Strike. One of the first items struck from fresh dies, usually showing greater sharpness and definition of design before the dies begin to
wear. There is no precise limit to the number of pieces classed as early strikes; obviously the first hundred would be so designated, but specimens from the first several thousand
could be as sharp and fresh as the first strike. See first strike.
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