Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 437297 search inquires.

Selected term: Hairlines
Explanation: A series of minute lines or scratches, usually visible in the field of a coin, caused by cleaning, polishing or poor storage, an abundance of which can reduce the coin value

Most popular coin terms

DefinitionSearchesPercentage
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 28470  13.91%
Silver Clad 22243  10.86%
BN 13833  6.76%
Encapsulated Coin 12843  6.27%
RB 11578  5.66%
Slabbed Coins 10272  5.02%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 9836  4.80%
Coin Silver 9449  4.62%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 9060  4.43%
Reeded Edge 8931  4.36%
PF (PF60, PF70) 8359  4.08%
PQ 7505  3.67%
PR (PR60, PR70) 7306  3.57%
MS (MS60-MS70) 7264  3.55%
High Relief 7145  3.49%
Obverse or Face side 7010  3.42%
Rarity 6073  2.97%
Reverse Cameo 6034  2.95%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 5798  2.83%
Clad Coinage 5633  2.75%