Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 76600 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 4113  9.85%
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 3308  7.92%
Obverse or Face side 3188  7.63%
BN 3120  7.47%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 2328  5.57%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 2172  5.20%
PR (PR60, PR70) 2034  4.87%
Encapsulated Coin 1972  4.72%
Reeded Edge 1951  4.67%
Reverse Cameo 1906  4.56%
Coin Silver 1791  4.29%
Flyspecks 1756  4.20%
Clad Coinage 1651  3.95%
PF (PF60, PF70) 1598  3.83%
Deep Mirror Prooflike (DPML) 1588  3.80%
RB 1562  3.74%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 1543  3.69%
MS (MS60-MS70) 1449  3.47%
Hard Times Tokens 1372  3.29%
Buffing (whizzed) 1281  3.07%