Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 66059 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 3650  10.11%
Obverse or Face side 2823  7.82%
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 2813  7.80%
BN 2662  7.38%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 2076  5.75%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 1878  5.20%
PR (PR60, PR70) 1744  4.83%
Reeded Edge 1688  4.68%
Encapsulated Coin 1617  4.48%
Reverse Cameo 1607  4.45%
RB 1561  4.33%
Flyspecks 1560  4.32%
Coin Silver 1552  4.30%
PF (PF60, PF70) 1405  3.89%
Clad Coinage 1365  3.78%
MS (MS60-MS70) 1309  3.63%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 1307  3.62%
Deep Mirror Prooflike (DPML) 1295  3.59%
Hard Times Tokens 1099  3.05%
Buffing (whizzed) 1075  2.98%