Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 75839 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 4050  9.78%
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 3253  7.86%
Obverse or Face side 3171  7.66%
BN 3081  7.44%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 2309  5.58%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 2151  5.20%
PR (PR60, PR70) 2011  4.86%
Encapsulated Coin 1939  4.68%
Reeded Edge 1924  4.65%
Reverse Cameo 1884  4.55%
Coin Silver 1765  4.26%
Flyspecks 1743  4.21%
Clad Coinage 1634  3.95%
PF (PF60, PF70) 1583  3.82%
Deep Mirror Prooflike (DPML) 1565  3.78%
RB 1546  3.74%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 1525  3.68%
MS (MS60-MS70) 1437  3.47%
Hard Times Tokens 1358  3.28%
Buffing (whizzed) 1262  3.05%