Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 572395 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) 35099  13.78%
Silver Clad 25681  10.08%
BN 15976  6.27%
Encapsulated Coin 15430  6.06%
RB 14395  5.65%
Slabbed Coins 14363  5.64%
Coin Silver 12041  4.73%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 11765  4.62%
Reeded Edge 11112  4.36%
PF (PF60, PF70) 11085  4.35%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 10878  4.27%
PQ 9665  3.79%
MS (MS60-MS70) 9616  3.78%
PR (PR60, PR70) 9303  3.65%
High Relief 8962  3.52%
Incuse 8417  3.30%
Obverse or Face side 8347  3.28%
Rarity 7848  3.08%
Reverse Cameo 7277  2.86%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 7267  2.85%