Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 537958 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) 33474  13.86%
Silver Clad 24864  10.30%
BN 15435  6.39%
Encapsulated Coin 14846  6.15%
RB 13553  5.61%
Slabbed Coins 13298  5.51%
Coin Silver 11371  4.71%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 11265  4.66%
Reeded Edge 10580  4.38%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 10400  4.31%
PF (PF60, PF70) 10231  4.24%
MS (MS60-MS70) 9096  3.77%
PQ 9057  3.75%
PR (PR60, PR70) 8624  3.57%
High Relief 8481  3.51%
Obverse or Face side 8057  3.34%
Incuse 7582  3.14%
Rarity 7409  3.07%
Reverse Cameo 6981  2.89%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 6894  2.85%