Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 437859 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) 28505  13.91%
Silver Clad 22269  10.86%
BN 13851  6.76%
Encapsulated Coin 12861  6.27%
RB 11597  5.66%
Slabbed Coins 10297  5.02%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 9843  4.80%
Coin Silver 9464  4.62%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 9067  4.42%
Reeded Edge 8942  4.36%
PF (PF60, PF70) 8367  4.08%
PQ 7520  3.67%
PR (PR60, PR70) 7313  3.57%
MS (MS60-MS70) 7272  3.55%
High Relief 7154  3.49%
Obverse or Face side 7018  3.42%
Rarity 6078  2.97%
Reverse Cameo 6041  2.95%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 5807  2.83%
Clad Coinage 5639  2.75%