Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 459363 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) 29579  13.87%
Silver Clad 22835  10.71%
BN 14224  6.67%
Encapsulated Coin 13394  6.28%
RB 12036  5.64%
Slabbed Coins 11034  5.17%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 10195  4.78%
Coin Silver 9960  4.67%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 9357  4.39%
Reeded Edge 9297  4.36%
PF (PF60, PF70) 8741  4.10%
PQ 7846  3.68%
MS (MS60-MS70) 7688  3.61%
PR (PR60, PR70) 7600  3.56%
High Relief 7503  3.52%
Obverse or Face side 7259  3.40%
Rarity 6342  2.97%
Reverse Cameo 6243  2.93%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 6085  2.85%
Clad Coinage 5914  2.77%