Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 72106 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 3998  10.27%
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 3181  8.17%
Obverse or Face side 2898  7.45%
BN 2891  7.43%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 2230  5.73%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 2042  5.25%
PR (PR60, PR70) 1836  4.72%
Reeded Edge 1827  4.69%
RB 1778  4.57%
Encapsulated Coin 1728  4.44%
Reverse Cameo 1703  4.38%
Coin Silver 1689  4.34%
Flyspecks 1610  4.14%
PF (PF60, PF70) 1498  3.85%
Clad Coinage 1440  3.70%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 1415  3.64%
MS (MS60-MS70) 1388  3.57%
Deep Mirror Prooflike (DPML) 1375  3.53%
Hard Times Tokens 1162  2.99%
Buffing (whizzed) 1144  2.94%