Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 341956 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) 23176  14.06%
Silver Clad 18687  11.34%
BN 11750  7.13%
Encapsulated Coin 10470  6.35%
RB 9365  5.68%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 8175  4.96%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 7662  4.65%
Reeded Edge 7150  4.34%
Coin Silver 7148  4.34%
Slabbed Coins 6815  4.14%
PF (PF60, PF70) 6611  4.01%
PQ 6046  3.67%
PR (PR60, PR70) 5999  3.64%
Obverse or Face side 5913  3.59%
High Relief 5683  3.45%
MS (MS60-MS70) 5605  3.40%
Reverse Cameo 4960  3.01%
Rarity 4612  2.80%
Clad Coinage 4457  2.70%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 4387  2.66%