Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 437422 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) 28486  13.91%
Silver Clad 22253  10.87%
BN 13844  6.76%
Encapsulated Coin 12848  6.27%
RB 11587  5.66%
Slabbed Coins 10282  5.02%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 9839  4.80%
Coin Silver 9456  4.62%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 9060  4.42%
Reeded Edge 8935  4.36%
PF (PF60, PF70) 8363  4.08%
PQ 7512  3.67%
PR (PR60, PR70) 7308  3.57%
MS (MS60-MS70) 7265  3.55%
High Relief 7148  3.49%
Obverse or Face side 7012  3.42%
Rarity 6075  2.97%
Reverse Cameo 6036  2.95%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 5802  2.83%
Clad Coinage 5636  2.75%