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Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 120705 search inquires.

Random term: Platinum
Explanation: A dense (heavy) silvery grey metal, atomic number 78, atomic weight 195.078, used by pre-Columbian South American indians, and rediscovered in the 18th century. Its first use for coins was by Russia in 1828, following the discovery of large platinum deposits in the Ural mountains in 1822

Most popular coin terms

DefinitionSearchesPercentage
Silver Clad 7083  11.32%
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 6323  10.11%
BN 5223  8.35%
Obverse or Face side 3578  5.72%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 3544  5.66%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 3323  5.31%
RB 3117  4.98%
Reeded Edge 2949  4.71%
Encapsulated Coin 2862  4.57%
Coin Silver 2817  4.50%
PR (PR60, PR70) 2760  4.41%
Reverse Cameo 2567  4.10%
PF (PF60, PF70) 2485  3.97%
MS (MS60-MS70) 2221  3.55%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 2180  3.48%
Clad Coinage 2127  3.40%
Flyspecks 2040  3.26%
Deep Mirror Prooflike (DPML) 2009  3.21%
PQ 1655  2.65%
Buffing (whizzed) 1646  2.63%