Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 91158 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 4858  9.77%
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 4184  8.41%
BN 3815  7.67%
Obverse or Face side 3474  6.98%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 2722  5.47%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 2626  5.28%
PR (PR60, PR70) 2463  4.95%
Encapsulated Coin 2434  4.89%
Reeded Edge 2336  4.70%
Reverse Cameo 2305  4.63%
Coin Silver 2168  4.36%
PF (PF60, PF70) 1966  3.95%
Flyspecks 1963  3.95%
Clad Coinage 1961  3.94%
RB 1858  3.73%
Deep Mirror Prooflike (DPML) 1832  3.68%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 1793  3.60%
MS (MS60-MS70) 1715  3.45%
Hard Times Tokens 1653  3.32%
Buffing (whizzed) 1551  3.12%