Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 331502 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) 22539  14.10%
Silver Clad 17990  11.25%
BN 11445  7.16%
Encapsulated Coin 10232  6.40%
RB 9110  5.70%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 7987  4.99%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 7516  4.70%
Reeded Edge 6933  4.34%
Coin Silver 6877  4.30%
PF (PF60, PF70) 6438  4.03%
Slabbed Coins 6399  4.00%
PR (PR60, PR70) 5866  3.67%
PQ 5848  3.66%
Obverse or Face side 5803  3.63%
High Relief 5521  3.45%
MS (MS60-MS70) 5434  3.40%
Reverse Cameo 4845  3.03%
Rarity 4404  2.75%
Clad Coinage 4355  2.72%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 4285  2.68%