Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 410415 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) 27029  13.98%
Silver Clad 21326  11.03%
BN 13253  6.86%
Encapsulated Coin 12195  6.31%
RB 10915  5.65%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 9397  4.86%
Slabbed Coins 9275  4.80%
Coin Silver 8741  4.52%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 8641  4.47%
Reeded Edge 8444  4.37%
PF (PF60, PF70) 7819  4.04%
PQ 7093  3.67%
PR (PR60, PR70) 6918  3.58%
MS (MS60-MS70) 6775  3.50%
High Relief 6726  3.48%
Obverse or Face side 6704  3.47%
Reverse Cameo 5716  2.96%
Rarity 5664  2.93%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 5450  2.82%
Clad Coinage 5233  2.71%