Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 491784 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) 31225  13.89%
Silver Clad 23594  10.49%
BN 14750  6.56%
Encapsulated Coin 14082  6.26%
RB 12679  5.64%
Slabbed Coins 11977  5.33%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 10645  4.73%
Coin Silver 10512  4.68%
Reeded Edge 9856  4.38%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 9825  4.37%
PF (PF60, PF70) 9348  4.16%
PQ 8338  3.71%
MS (MS60-MS70) 8270  3.68%
PR (PR60, PR70) 8052  3.58%
High Relief 7886  3.51%
Obverse or Face side 7600  3.38%
Rarity 6783  3.02%
Reverse Cameo 6535  2.91%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 6427  2.86%
Clad Coinage 6353  2.83%