Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 504113 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) 31790  13.88%
Silver Clad 23877  10.42%
BN 14917  6.51%
Encapsulated Coin 14296  6.24%
RB 12896  5.63%
Slabbed Coins 12333  5.38%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 10822  4.72%
Coin Silver 10715  4.68%
Reeded Edge 10063  4.39%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 9976  4.35%
PF (PF60, PF70) 9566  4.18%
PQ 8526  3.72%
MS (MS60-MS70) 8498  3.71%
PR (PR60, PR70) 8208  3.58%
High Relief 8032  3.51%
Obverse or Face side 7706  3.36%
Rarity 6936  3.03%
Incuse 6648  2.90%
Reverse Cameo 6640  2.90%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 6557  2.86%