Coin Terminology and Glossary

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Random term: Platinum
Explanation: A dense (heavy) silvery grey metal, atomic number 78, atomic weight 195.078, used by pre-Columbian South American indians, and rediscovered in the 18th century. Its first use for coins was by Russia in 1828, following the discovery of large platinum deposits in the Ural mountains in 1822

Most popular coin terms

DefinitionSearchesPercentage
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 9919  11.53%
Silver Clad 9385  10.91%
BN 6957  8.09%
Encapsulated Coin 5149  5.99%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 4817  5.60%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 4575  5.32%
RB 4457  5.18%
Obverse or Face side 4179  4.86%
Reeded Edge 3918  4.56%
Coin Silver 3809  4.43%
PR (PR60, PR70) 3550  4.13%
PF (PF60, PF70) 3542  4.12%
Reverse Cameo 3230  3.76%
MS (MS60-MS70) 3063  3.56%
PQ 2885  3.35%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 2786  3.24%
Clad Coinage 2696  3.13%
Deep Mirror Prooflike (DPML) 2543  2.96%
Flyspecks 2404  2.80%
High Relief 2131  2.48%