Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 372949 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) 25057  14.11%
Silver Clad 19934  11.22%
BN 12329  6.94%
Encapsulated Coin 11241  6.33%
RB 9996  5.63%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 8704  4.90%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 8088  4.55%
Slabbed Coins 7991  4.50%
Coin Silver 7884  4.44%
Reeded Edge 7726  4.35%
PF (PF60, PF70) 7134  4.02%
PQ 6569  3.70%
PR (PR60, PR70) 6394  3.60%
Obverse or Face side 6257  3.52%
High Relief 6122  3.45%
MS (MS60-MS70) 6104  3.44%
Reverse Cameo 5258  2.96%
Rarity 5063  2.85%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 4967  2.80%
Clad Coinage 4778  2.69%