Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 97806 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 5677  11.03%
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 4992  9.70%
BN 4059  7.89%
Obverse or Face side 3244  6.30%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 2874  5.58%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 2798  5.44%
RB 2523  4.90%
Reeded Edge 2400  4.66%
PR (PR60, PR70) 2327  4.52%
Coin Silver 2265  4.40%
Encapsulated Coin 2217  4.31%
Reverse Cameo 2184  4.24%
PF (PF60, PF70) 2032  3.95%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 1832  3.56%
MS (MS60-MS70) 1817  3.53%
Flyspecks 1817  3.53%
Clad Coinage 1792  3.48%
Deep Mirror Prooflike (DPML) 1718  3.34%
Buffing (whizzed) 1428  2.77%
Hard Times Tokens 1415  2.75%