Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 277103 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) 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%