Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 628633 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) 37056  13.39%
Silver Clad 26581  9.61%
Coin Silver 18791  6.79%
BN 16647  6.02%
Encapsulated Coin 16067  5.81%
Slabbed Coins 15631  5.65%
RB 15246  5.51%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 12378  4.47%
PF (PF60, PF70) 11983  4.33%
Reeded Edge 11816  4.27%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 11521  4.16%
PQ 10297  3.72%
MS (MS60-MS70) 10183  3.68%
PR (PR60, PR70) 10067  3.64%
High Relief 9475  3.42%
Incuse 9362  3.38%
Coin drop 8727  3.15%
Obverse or Face side 8721  3.15%
Rarity 8327  3.01%
Reverse Cameo 7757  2.80%