Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 92852 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 4969  9.80%
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 4272  8.43%
BN 3903  7.70%
Obverse or Face side 3515  6.93%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 2770  5.46%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 2686  5.30%
PR (PR60, PR70) 2512  4.95%
Encapsulated Coin 2481  4.89%
Reeded Edge 2383  4.70%
Reverse Cameo 2352  4.64%
Coin Silver 2214  4.37%
PF (PF60, PF70) 2007  3.96%
Clad Coinage 1996  3.94%
Flyspecks 1995  3.93%
RB 1890  3.73%
Deep Mirror Prooflike (DPML) 1871  3.69%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 1841  3.63%
MS (MS60-MS70) 1754  3.46%
Hard Times Tokens 1690  3.33%
Buffing (whizzed) 1585  3.13%