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Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 120794 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 7091  11.32%
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 6335  10.12%
BN 5227  8.35%
Obverse or Face side 3581  5.72%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 3546  5.66%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 3324  5.31%
RB 3120  4.98%
Reeded Edge 2953  4.72%
Encapsulated Coin 2872  4.59%
Coin Silver 2819  4.50%
PR (PR60, PR70) 2761  4.41%
Reverse Cameo 2570  4.10%
PF (PF60, PF70) 2491  3.98%
MS (MS60-MS70) 2228  3.56%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 2182  3.48%
Clad Coinage 2129  3.40%
Flyspecks 2040  3.26%
Deep Mirror Prooflike (DPML) 2013  3.21%
PQ 1659  2.65%
Buffing (whizzed) 1646  2.63%