Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 59404 search inquires.

Random term: Choice

Explanation: An adjective used to describe an especially selected speciment of a given grade. Thus, Choice EF-45 represents an especially selected Extremely Fine coin (normal or typical Extremely Fine being EF-40)

Most popular coin terms

DefinitionSearchesPercentage
Silver Clad 3247  9.93%
Obverse or Face side 2721  8.33%
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 2408  7.37%
BN 2368  7.25%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 1881  5.76%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 1698  5.20%
PR (PR60, PR70) 1613  4.94%
Reeded Edge 1532  4.69%
Flyspecks 1495  4.57%
Reverse Cameo 1471  4.50%
Encapsulated Coin 1463  4.48%
Coin Silver 1388  4.25%
Clad Coinage 1275  3.90%
PF (PF60, PF70) 1273  3.89%
RB 1264  3.87%
Deep Mirror Prooflike (DPML) 1203  3.68%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 1189  3.64%
MS (MS60-MS70) 1182  3.62%
Hard Times Tokens 1014  3.10%
Buffing (whizzed) 991  3.03%