Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 301540 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) 20505  14.12%
Silver Clad 16376  11.28%
BN 10639  7.33%
Encapsulated Coin 9287  6.40%
RB 8267  5.69%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 7372  5.08%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 7019  4.83%
Reeded Edge 6337  4.36%
Coin Silver 6223  4.29%
PF (PF60, PF70) 5871  4.04%
Obverse or Face side 5412  3.73%
PR (PR60, PR70) 5361  3.69%
Slabbed Coins 5255  3.62%
PQ 5201  3.58%
High Relief 4968  3.42%
MS (MS60-MS70) 4957  3.41%
Reverse Cameo 4448  3.06%
Clad Coinage 4007  2.76%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 3914  2.70%
Deep Mirror Prooflike (DPML) 3752  2.58%