Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 608698 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) 36564  13.74%
Silver Clad 26322  9.89%
BN 16487  6.19%
Encapsulated Coin 15893  5.97%
Slabbed Coins 15266  5.74%
RB 14966  5.62%
Coin Silver 12533  4.71%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 12192  4.58%
PF (PF60, PF70) 11739  4.41%
Reeded Edge 11586  4.35%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 11324  4.25%
PQ 10103  3.80%
MS (MS60-MS70) 10013  3.76%
PR (PR60, PR70) 9837  3.70%
High Relief 9317  3.50%
Incuse 9097  3.42%
Obverse or Face side 8607  3.23%
Coin drop 8481  3.19%
Rarity 8212  3.09%
Reverse Cameo 7608  2.86%