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Dictionary of the Coins of the World [W]

This is an ongoing work (one of those never-ending projects) consisting of a compilation of all known names used for coins from the ancient times to the present. Where possible, a description of coins of that name is given, as well as the most likely origin of the name, including translations. In many cases, links are made to pages which will show various examples of that denomination. Obviously, the images not all-inclusive but hopefully will give the user an idea of what some of the coin denominations looked like and how coins of the same name differ from country to country and through time.


Wark - A gold coin of Ethiopia.


Warn - [Korea]

Wedding Ducat - A gold coin struck in 1704 by Leopold I.  It had on the obverse a griffen and on the reverse a double eagle.

[German States-Rostock]

Weiss Groschen - Variant name for albus.

{From German weiss white + groschen groschen.}

[Austria, German States]

Weiss Pfennig - Small uniface silver coin of Bohemia in the 16th century.  Worth 1/7 groschen.

{From German weiss white + pfennig pfennig.}


Wen - [China]


Whan - [Korea]

Witte - [German States]

Witten - Small (1.2 grams and 19 millimeters in diameter) silver coin struck by members of the Wendish Monetary Union along the Baltic coast from about 1325 to 1512.  Worth 4 hohlpfennig or 1/3 schilling.

[German States]

Won - Plural won.  A paper money and monetary unit of North and South Korea, equal to 100 chon.

{From Korean won from Middle Chinese equivalent to Chinese yuan yuan.}

[Korea, Korea-South]

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