Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 371623 search inquires.

Selected term: PQ
Explanation: Premium Quality: Sometimes part of the sealed slab grade, such as a MS64 PQ (not quite good enough for MS65). Often it is just a hype adjective like 'Choice' or 'Select'

Most popular coin terms

DefinitionSearchesPercentage
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 24964  14.10%
Silver Clad 19877  11.23%
BN 12301  6.95%
Encapsulated Coin 11202  6.33%
RB 9969  5.63%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 8674  4.90%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 8063  4.55%
Slabbed Coins 7936  4.48%
Coin Silver 7848  4.43%
Reeded Edge 7711  4.35%
PF (PF60, PF70) 7101  4.01%
PQ 6540  3.69%
PR (PR60, PR70) 6375  3.60%
Obverse or Face side 6237  3.52%
High Relief 6102  3.45%
MS (MS60-MS70) 6073  3.43%
Reverse Cameo 5235  2.96%
Rarity 5037  2.84%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 4952  2.80%
Clad Coinage 4761  2.69%