Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 529657 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) 33069  13.86%
Silver Clad 24630  10.32%
BN 15311  6.42%
Encapsulated Coin 14716  6.17%
RB 13400  5.62%
Slabbed Coins 13081  5.48%
Coin Silver 11212  4.70%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 11150  4.67%
Reeded Edge 10459  4.38%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 10309  4.32%
PF (PF60, PF70) 10070  4.22%
MS (MS60-MS70) 8942  3.75%
PQ 8940  3.75%
PR (PR60, PR70) 8510  3.57%
High Relief 8378  3.51%
Obverse or Face side 7978  3.34%
Incuse 7395  3.10%
Rarity 7280  3.05%
Reverse Cameo 6903  2.89%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 6813  2.86%