Coin Terminology and Glossary

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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) 9925  11.53%
Silver Clad 9394  10.92%
BN 6962  8.09%
Encapsulated Coin 5155  5.99%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 4817  5.60%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 4577  5.32%
RB 4459  5.18%
Obverse or Face side 4183  4.86%
Reeded Edge 3919  4.55%
Coin Silver 3809  4.43%
PR (PR60, PR70) 3551  4.13%
PF (PF60, PF70) 3543  4.12%
Reverse Cameo 3230  3.75%
MS (MS60-MS70) 3064  3.56%
PQ 2887  3.35%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 2787  3.24%
Clad Coinage 2701  3.14%
Deep Mirror Prooflike (DPML) 2543  2.96%
Flyspecks 2404  2.79%
High Relief 2131  2.48%