Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 562182 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) 34600  13.80%
Silver Clad 25427  10.14%
BN 15800  6.30%
Encapsulated Coin 15247  6.08%
RB 14170  5.65%
Slabbed Coins 14047  5.60%
Coin Silver 11844  4.72%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 11619  4.63%
Reeded Edge 10967  4.37%
PF (PF60, PF70) 10799  4.31%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 10722  4.28%
PQ 9492  3.79%
MS (MS60-MS70) 9462  3.77%
PR (PR60, PR70) 9084  3.62%
High Relief 8842  3.53%
Obverse or Face side 8260  3.29%
Incuse 8200  3.27%
Rarity 7714  3.08%
Reverse Cameo 7190  2.87%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 7142  2.85%