Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 361694 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) 24474  14.12%
Silver Clad 19540  11.27%
BN 12151  7.01%
Encapsulated Coin 10974  6.33%
RB 9775  5.64%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 8507  4.91%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 7931  4.58%
Coin Silver 7610  4.39%
Slabbed Coins 7582  4.37%
Reeded Edge 7548  4.35%
PF (PF60, PF70) 6951  4.01%
PQ 6403  3.69%
PR (PR60, PR70) 6258  3.61%
Obverse or Face side 6135  3.54%
High Relief 5969  3.44%
MS (MS60-MS70) 5930  3.42%
Reverse Cameo 5137  2.96%
Rarity 4916  2.84%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 4850  2.80%
Clad Coinage 4661  2.69%