Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 402449 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) 26601  14.02%
Silver Clad 21002  11.07%
BN 13007  6.86%
Encapsulated Coin 12011  6.33%
RB 10694  5.64%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 9253  4.88%
Slabbed Coins 8934  4.71%
Coin Silver 8537  4.50%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 8522  4.49%
Reeded Edge 8294  4.37%
PF (PF60, PF70) 7683  4.05%
PQ 6951  3.66%
PR (PR60, PR70) 6804  3.59%
MS (MS60-MS70) 6632  3.50%
Obverse or Face side 6598  3.48%
High Relief 6585  3.47%
Reverse Cameo 5605  2.95%
Rarity 5519  2.91%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 5341  2.81%
Clad Coinage 5124  2.70%