Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 331553 search inquires.

Random term: Buffing (whizzed)
Explanation: A polishing of a coin sometimes with an abrasive that leaves a finish that attempts to counterfeit mint luster. A buffed coin often is worth less than one that has not been cleaned

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DefinitionSearchesPercentage
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 22539  14.09%
Silver Clad 17990  11.25%
BN 11445  7.16%
Encapsulated Coin 10232  6.40%
RB 9110  5.70%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 7987  4.99%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 7516  4.70%
Reeded Edge 6933  4.34%
Coin Silver 6877  4.30%
PF (PF60, PF70) 6438  4.03%
Slabbed Coins 6399  4.00%
PR (PR60, PR70) 5866  3.67%
PQ 5848  3.66%
Obverse or Face side 5803  3.63%
High Relief 5521  3.45%
MS (MS60-MS70) 5434  3.40%
Reverse Cameo 4845  3.03%
Rarity 4404  2.75%
Clad Coinage 4355  2.72%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 4285  2.68%