Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 91649 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 4880  9.75%
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 4207  8.41%
BN 3836  7.67%
Obverse or Face side 3484  6.96%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 2737  5.47%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 2639  5.27%
PR (PR60, PR70) 2472  4.94%
Encapsulated Coin 2448  4.89%
Reeded Edge 2350  4.70%
Reverse Cameo 2316  4.63%
Coin Silver 2180  4.36%
PF (PF60, PF70) 1972  3.94%
Flyspecks 1970  3.94%
Clad Coinage 1967  3.93%
RB 1863  3.72%
Deep Mirror Prooflike (DPML) 1841  3.68%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 1800  3.60%
MS (MS60-MS70) 1726  3.45%
Hard Times Tokens 1657  3.31%
Buffing (whizzed) 1556  3.11%