Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 482289 search inquires.

Selected term: Facing
Explanation: The direction a portrait looks towards on a coin. As most are shown in profile, this means it faces left or right. When this direction is not stated, it usually means that the head or figure looks towards the viewer and away from the coin

Most popular coin terms

DefinitionSearchesPercentage
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 30756  13.89%
Silver Clad 23385  10.56%
BN 14597  6.59%
Encapsulated Coin 13865  6.26%
RB 12494  5.64%
Slabbed Coins 11710  5.29%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 10525  4.75%
Coin Silver 10353  4.68%
Reeded Edge 9709  4.38%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 9693  4.38%
PF (PF60, PF70) 9174  4.14%
PQ 8191  3.70%
MS (MS60-MS70) 8091  3.65%
PR (PR60, PR70) 7915  3.57%
High Relief 7774  3.51%
Obverse or Face side 7490  3.38%
Rarity 6658  3.01%
Reverse Cameo 6450  2.91%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 6306  2.85%
Clad Coinage 6215  2.81%