Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 142536 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 8105  11.27%
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 7535  10.47%
BN 5905  8.21%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 4077  5.67%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 3852  5.35%
Obverse or Face side 3836  5.33%
Encapsulated Coin 3782  5.26%
RB 3569  4.96%
Reeded Edge 3360  4.67%
Coin Silver 3255  4.52%
PR (PR60, PR70) 3084  4.29%
PF (PF60, PF70) 2906  4.04%
Reverse Cameo 2869  3.99%
MS (MS60-MS70) 2557  3.55%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 2458  3.42%
Clad Coinage 2389  3.32%
Deep Mirror Prooflike (DPML) 2268  3.15%
Flyspecks 2221  3.09%
PQ 2082  2.89%
Buffing (whizzed) 1830  2.54%