What’s PMD? A Term All Coin Collectors Need To Know

pmd-coins-photo-by-thunderchild7.jpg If you’re a coin collector, numismatist, or somebody who has worked a bit with coins, you may have heard the acronym PMD.

What’s PMD?

It stands for Post Mint Damage, and refers to any damage a coin has suffered after leaving the mint.

Common examples of damaged coins (those with PMD) are those which have:

  • Scratches
  • Dings
  • Holes not made at the mint
  • Bumps
  • Nicks
  • Gouges

Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez

Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez

My love for coins and numismatics began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I'm a member of both the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG). I've also been studying meteorology and watching weather patterns for years. I enjoy sharing little-known facts and fun stuff about coins, weather, travel, health, food, and living green.

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  • jan

    what does BU mean

    • Anonymous

      Hi Jan,

      ‘BU’ means Brilliant Uncirculated and often refers to a coin grading Mint State 62 to about Mint State 64.

    • Anonymous

      Hi Jan,

      ‘BU’ means Brilliant Uncirculated and often refers to a coin grading Mint State 62 to about Mint State 64.

  • jan

    what does BU mean

  • elijah

    I have a quarter where the I is pushed toward the n to form a w in the “in god we trust ” what is that?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Elijah —

      Would you please post a photo of this piece?

      Thanks,
      Josh