Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 76485 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 4302  10.37%
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 3592  8.66%
BN 3119  7.52%
Obverse or Face side 2964  7.14%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 2348  5.66%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 2189  5.28%
PR (PR60, PR70) 1953  4.71%
RB 1938  4.67%
Reeded Edge 1936  4.67%
Encapsulated Coin 1824  4.40%
Reverse Cameo 1803  4.35%
Coin Silver 1792  4.32%
Flyspecks 1660  4.00%
PF (PF60, PF70) 1642  3.96%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 1519  3.66%
Clad Coinage 1505  3.63%
MS (MS60-MS70) 1469  3.54%
Deep Mirror Prooflike (DPML) 1455  3.51%
Hard Times Tokens 1215  2.93%
Buffing (whizzed) 1210  2.92%