Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 392895 search inquires.

Selected term: Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70)
Explanation: Grade: Although very rarely seen, these are attainable grades, since Specimens and Proofs are generally double struck on specially prepared, polished blanks using specially prepared dies on a slow, high pressure press, and the pieces are immediately hand picked off the press with gloved hands and carefully placed in protective holders.

Most popular coin terms

DefinitionSearchesPercentage
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 26063  14.06%
Silver Clad 20636  11.13%
BN 12764  6.89%
Encapsulated Coin 11754  6.34%
RB 10417  5.62%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 9027  4.87%
Slabbed Coins 8570  4.62%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 8353  4.51%
Coin Silver 8290  4.47%
Reeded Edge 8088  4.36%
PF (PF60, PF70) 7479  4.03%
PQ 6801  3.67%
PR (PR60, PR70) 6642  3.58%
Obverse or Face side 6456  3.48%
MS (MS60-MS70) 6442  3.48%
High Relief 6395  3.45%
Reverse Cameo 5453  2.94%
Rarity 5342  2.88%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 5200  2.81%
Clad Coinage 4980  2.69%