Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 169439 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) 9414  11.35%
Silver Clad 9099  10.97%
BN 6712  8.09%
Encapsulated Coin 4835  5.83%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 4676  5.64%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 4418  5.32%
RB 4231  5.10%
Obverse or Face side 4112  4.96%
Reeded Edge 3805  4.59%
Coin Silver 3696  4.45%
PR (PR60, PR70) 3441  4.15%
PF (PF60, PF70) 3397  4.09%
Reverse Cameo 3165  3.81%
MS (MS60-MS70) 2980  3.59%
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 2719  3.28%
PQ 2700  3.25%
Clad Coinage 2636  3.18%
Deep Mirror Prooflike (DPML) 2488  3.00%
Flyspecks 2370  2.86%
Buffing (whizzed) 2001  2.41%