Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 425339 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) 27828  13.95%
Silver Clad 21854  10.95%
BN 13558  6.79%
Encapsulated Coin 12550  6.29%
RB 11276  5.65%
Slabbed Coins 9831  4.93%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 9619  4.82%
Coin Silver 9116  4.57%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 8867  4.44%
Reeded Edge 8705  4.36%
PF (PF60, PF70) 8105  4.06%
PQ 7307  3.66%
PR (PR60, PR70) 7129  3.57%
MS (MS60-MS70) 7030  3.52%
High Relief 6929  3.47%
Obverse or Face side 6869  3.44%
Reverse Cameo 5899  2.96%
Rarity 5884  2.95%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 5632  2.82%
Clad Coinage 5444  2.73%