Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 259471 search inquires.

Selected term: Coin Silver
Explanation: In the US, coin silver often means the purity of silver used in circulating coins dated before 1965. Back then dimes, quarters, half dollars, and silver dollars were 90% solid silver, made of 90% silver and 10% copper. Other countries may use the words "coin silver" to mean the purity used in their silver coins, which may be different from US coins

Most popular coin terms

DefinitionSearchesPercentage
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 17518  13.81%
Silver Clad 14078  11.10%
BN 9589  7.56%
Encapsulated Coin 8150  6.43%
RB 7007  5.53%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 6514  5.14%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 6442  5.08%
Reeded Edge 5512  4.35%
Coin Silver 5389  4.25%
PF (PF60, PF70) 5190  4.09%
Obverse or Face side 5008  3.95%
PR (PR60, PR70) 4856  3.83%
PQ 4468  3.52%
MS (MS60-MS70) 4369  3.45%
Reverse Cameo 4097  3.23%
High Relief 4057  3.20%
Slabbed Coins 3927  3.10%
Clad Coinage 3615  2.85%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 3555  2.80%
Deep Mirror Prooflike (DPML) 3389  2.67%