Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 311012 search inquires.

Selected term: Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70)
Explanation: Grade: Although very rarely seen, these are attainable grades, since Specimens and Proofs are generally double struck on specially prepared, polished blanks using specially prepared dies on a slow, high pressure press, and the pieces are immediately hand picked off the press with gloved hands and carefully placed in protective holders.

Most popular coin terms

DefinitionSearchesPercentage
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 21270  14.23%
Silver Clad 16898  11.30%
BN 10867  7.27%
Encapsulated Coin 9562  6.40%
RB 8571  5.73%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 7571  5.06%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 7128  4.77%
Reeded Edge 6493  4.34%
Coin Silver 6409  4.29%
PF (PF60, PF70) 6039  4.04%
Slabbed Coins 5557  3.72%
Obverse or Face side 5491  3.67%
PR (PR60, PR70) 5486  3.67%
PQ 5383  3.60%
High Relief 5122  3.43%
MS (MS60-MS70) 5064  3.39%
Reverse Cameo 4557  3.05%
Clad Coinage 4088  2.73%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 3999  2.67%
Rarity 3891  2.60%