Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 277104 search inquires.

Selected 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) 18753  13.91%
Silver Clad 15045  11.16%
BN 10067  7.47%
Encapsulated Coin 8617  6.39%
RB 7574  5.62%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 6889  5.11%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 6713  4.98%
Reeded Edge 5851  4.34%
Coin Silver 5736  4.25%
PF (PF60, PF70) 5464  4.05%
Obverse or Face side 5195  3.85%
PR (PR60, PR70) 5084  3.77%
PQ 4814  3.57%
MS (MS60-MS70) 4648  3.45%
High Relief 4521  3.35%
Slabbed Coins 4477  3.32%
Reverse Cameo 4250  3.15%
Clad Coinage 3805  2.82%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 3719  2.76%
Deep Mirror Prooflike (DPML) 3562  2.64%