Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 62573 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 3420  9.91%
Obverse or Face side 2847  8.25%
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 2586  7.49%
BN 2515  7.29%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 1971  5.71%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 1784  5.17%
PR (PR60, PR70) 1676  4.86%
Reeded Edge 1611  4.67%
Encapsulated Coin 1586  4.60%
Reverse Cameo 1578  4.57%
Flyspecks 1560  4.52%
Coin Silver 1459  4.23%
Clad Coinage 1331  3.86%
Deep Mirror Prooflike (DPML) 1330  3.85%
PF (PF60, PF70) 1323  3.83%
RB 1307  3.79%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 1255  3.64%
MS (MS60-MS70) 1217  3.53%
Hard Times Tokens 1080  3.13%
Buffing (whizzed) 1070  3.10%