Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 503765 search inquires.

Selected term: Coin Silver
Explanation: In the US, coin silver often means the purity of silver used in circulating coins dated before 1965. Back then dimes, quarters, half dollars, and silver dollars were 90% solid silver, made of 90% silver and 10% copper. Other countries may use the words "coin silver" to mean the purity used in their silver coins, which may be different from US coins

Most popular coin terms

DefinitionSearchesPercentage
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 31777  13.88%
Silver Clad 23869  10.42%
BN 14912  6.51%
Encapsulated Coin 14289  6.24%
RB 12891  5.63%
Slabbed Coins 12324  5.38%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 10817  4.72%
Coin Silver 10707  4.68%
Reeded Edge 10061  4.39%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 9976  4.36%
PF (PF60, PF70) 9561  4.18%
PQ 8522  3.72%
MS (MS60-MS70) 8492  3.71%
PR (PR60, PR70) 8202  3.58%
High Relief 8026  3.51%
Obverse or Face side 7702  3.36%
Rarity 6934  3.03%
Incuse 6638  2.90%
Reverse Cameo 6637  2.90%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 6551  2.86%