Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 223494 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) 14297  13.18%
Silver Clad 11608  10.70%
BN 8549  7.88%
Encapsulated Coin 6941  6.40%
RB 5860  5.40%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 5831  5.38%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 5580  5.15%
Reeded Edge 4896  4.51%
Coin Silver 4657  4.29%
Obverse or Face side 4608  4.25%
PF (PF60, PF70) 4535  4.18%
PR (PR60, PR70) 4333  4.00%
PQ 3851  3.55%
MS (MS60-MS70) 3817  3.52%
Reverse Cameo 3703  3.41%
Clad Coinage 3207  2.96%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 3193  2.94%
High Relief 3137  2.89%
Deep Mirror Prooflike (DPML) 2984  2.75%
Slabbed Coins 2851  2.63%