Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 458803 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) 29558  13.88%
Silver Clad 22828  10.72%
BN 14214  6.67%
Encapsulated Coin 13375  6.28%
RB 12024  5.65%
Slabbed Coins 11009  5.17%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 10187  4.78%
Coin Silver 9939  4.67%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 9348  4.39%
Reeded Edge 9287  4.36%
PF (PF60, PF70) 8734  4.10%
PQ 7841  3.68%
MS (MS60-MS70) 7672  3.60%
PR (PR60, PR70) 7595  3.57%
High Relief 7488  3.52%
Obverse or Face side 7250  3.40%
Rarity 6335  2.97%
Reverse Cameo 6238  2.93%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 6080  2.85%
Clad Coinage 5907  2.77%