Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 84282 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 4796  10.65%
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 4120  9.15%
BN 3412  7.58%
Obverse or Face side 3081  6.84%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 2515  5.59%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 2417  5.37%
RB 2099  4.66%
Reeded Edge 2098  4.66%
PR (PR60, PR70) 2095  4.65%
Coin Silver 1963  4.36%
Encapsulated Coin 1958  4.35%
Reverse Cameo 1941  4.31%
PF (PF60, PF70) 1796  3.99%
Flyspecks 1711  3.80%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 1631  3.62%
Clad Coinage 1615  3.59%
MS (MS60-MS70) 1587  3.53%
Deep Mirror Prooflike (DPML) 1547  3.44%
Buffing (whizzed) 1313  2.92%
Hard Times Tokens 1283  2.85%