Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 360572 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) 24373  14.10%
Silver Clad 19475  11.27%
BN 12117  7.01%
Encapsulated Coin 10937  6.33%
RB 9735  5.63%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 8477  4.90%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 7913  4.58%
Coin Silver 7578  4.38%
Slabbed Coins 7527  4.36%
Reeded Edge 7526  4.35%
PF (PF60, PF70) 6924  4.01%
PQ 6376  3.69%
PR (PR60, PR70) 6237  3.61%
Obverse or Face side 6116  3.54%
High Relief 5948  3.44%
MS (MS60-MS70) 5911  3.42%
Reverse Cameo 5121  2.96%
Rarity 4898  2.83%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 4830  2.79%
Clad Coinage 4640  2.68%