Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 563049 search inquires.

Selected term: Coin drop
Explanation: It is the term used to describe a publicity stunt where a valuable coin is deliberately dropped (placed) into circulation. This usually is done specifically to promote a coin show in the community. The American Numismatic Association has been doing coin drops for about a decade. A few collectors complain about 'wasting' good coins, but when properly conducted, a coin drop is a cost-effective way to promote a numismatic event

Most popular coin terms

DefinitionSearchesPercentage
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 34636  13.80%
Silver Clad 25450  10.14%
BN 15815  6.30%
Encapsulated Coin 15265  6.08%
RB 14185  5.65%
Slabbed Coins 14079  5.61%
Coin Silver 11867  4.73%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 11630  4.63%
Reeded Edge 10976  4.37%
PF (PF60, PF70) 10817  4.31%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 10737  4.28%
PQ 9510  3.79%
MS (MS60-MS70) 9482  3.78%
PR (PR60, PR70) 9109  3.63%
High Relief 8853  3.53%
Obverse or Face side 8266  3.29%
Incuse 8213  3.27%
Rarity 7728  3.08%
Reverse Cameo 7196  2.87%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 7152  2.85%