Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 576627 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) 35304  13.79%
Silver Clad 25771  10.06%
BN 16053  6.27%
Encapsulated Coin 15505  6.05%
Slabbed Coins 14507  5.66%
RB 14476  5.65%
Coin Silver 12114  4.73%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 11823  4.62%
PF (PF60, PF70) 11176  4.36%
Reeded Edge 11172  4.36%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 10940  4.27%
PQ 9734  3.80%
MS (MS60-MS70) 9680  3.78%
PR (PR60, PR70) 9376  3.66%
High Relief 9010  3.52%
Incuse 8518  3.33%
Obverse or Face side 8381  3.27%
Rarity 7888  3.08%
Reverse Cameo 7311  2.85%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 7305  2.85%