Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 97717 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 5282  9.89%
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 4579  8.58%
BN 4205  7.88%
Obverse or Face side 3583  6.71%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 2902  5.44%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 2843  5.33%
PR (PR60, PR70) 2631  4.93%
Encapsulated Coin 2614  4.90%
Reeded Edge 2502  4.69%
Reverse Cameo 2492  4.67%
Coin Silver 2341  4.39%
PF (PF60, PF70) 2099  3.93%
Clad Coinage 2099  3.93%
Flyspecks 2055  3.85%
RB 1985  3.72%
Deep Mirror Prooflike (DPML) 1955  3.66%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 1912  3.58%
MS (MS60-MS70) 1850  3.47%
Hard Times Tokens 1775  3.33%
Buffing (whizzed) 1667  3.12%