Coin Terminology and Glossary

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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) 32591  13.80%
Silver Clad 24342  10.31%
BN 15167  6.42%
Encapsulated Coin 14573  6.17%
RB 13223  5.60%
Slabbed Coins 12818  5.43%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 11058  4.68%
Coin Silver 11039  4.67%
Reeded Edge 10342  4.38%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 10240  4.34%
PF (PF60, PF70) 9899  4.19%
MS (MS60-MS70) 8791  3.72%
PQ 8790  3.72%
PR (PR60, PR70) 8421  3.57%
High Relief 8252  3.49%
Obverse or Face side 7889  3.34%
Rarity 7170  3.04%
Incuse 7148  3.03%
Reverse Cameo 6835  2.89%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 6725  2.85%