Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 151743 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
Silver Clad 8406  11.15%
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 8298  11.00%
BN 6149  8.15%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 4258  5.65%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 4047  5.37%
Encapsulated Coin 4031  5.35%
Obverse or Face side 3922  5.20%
RB 3711  4.92%
Reeded Edge 3485  4.62%
Coin Silver 3401  4.51%
PR (PR60, PR70) 3185  4.22%
PF (PF60, PF70) 3034  4.02%
Reverse Cameo 2984  3.96%
MS (MS60-MS70) 2706  3.59%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 2539  3.37%
Clad Coinage 2468  3.27%
Deep Mirror Prooflike (DPML) 2331  3.09%
PQ 2281  3.02%
Flyspecks 2274  3.02%
Buffing (whizzed) 1891  2.51%