Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 393773 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) 26123  14.06%
Silver Clad 20677  11.13%
BN 12791  6.89%
Encapsulated Coin 11783  6.34%
RB 10451  5.63%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 9059  4.88%
Slabbed Coins 8614  4.64%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 8377  4.51%
Coin Silver 8321  4.48%
Reeded Edge 8112  4.37%
PF (PF60, PF70) 7507  4.04%
PQ 6818  3.67%
PR (PR60, PR70) 6661  3.59%
Obverse or Face side 6471  3.48%
MS (MS60-MS70) 6468  3.48%
High Relief 6416  3.45%
Reverse Cameo 5469  2.94%
Rarity 5360  2.89%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 5220  2.81%
Clad Coinage 4994  2.69%