Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 501287 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) 31664  13.88%
Silver Clad 23818  10.44%
BN 14872  6.52%
Encapsulated Coin 14245  6.25%
RB 12850  5.63%
Slabbed Coins 12251  5.37%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 10780  4.73%
Coin Silver 10677  4.68%
Reeded Edge 10031  4.40%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 9944  4.36%
PF (PF60, PF70) 9520  4.17%
PQ 8482  3.72%
MS (MS60-MS70) 8452  3.71%
PR (PR60, PR70) 8166  3.58%
High Relief 7995  3.51%
Obverse or Face side 7683  3.37%
Rarity 6906  3.03%
Reverse Cameo 6620  2.90%
Incuse 6588  2.89%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 6525  2.86%