Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 62013 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 3382  9.88%
Obverse or Face side 2826  8.26%
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 2547  7.44%
BN 2481  7.25%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 1958  5.72%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 1768  5.17%
PR (PR60, PR70) 1657  4.84%
Reeded Edge 1596  4.66%
Reverse Cameo 1566  4.58%
Encapsulated Coin 1562  4.57%
Flyspecks 1556  4.55%
Coin Silver 1446  4.23%
Clad Coinage 1323  3.87%
PF (PF60, PF70) 1309  3.83%
Deep Mirror Prooflike (DPML) 1304  3.81%
RB 1284  3.75%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 1242  3.63%
MS (MS60-MS70) 1208  3.53%
Hard Times Tokens 1068  3.12%
Buffing (whizzed) 1062  3.10%