Coin Terminology and Glossary

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Selected title: Matte Proof
Explanation: A special type of proof finish, used at the Philadelphia Mint prior to World War I. This method was first employed by the Paris Mint and was later adopted for a limited time during the 1908-1916 years for certain (but not all) issues by the Philadelphia Mint. The surface is prepared by a special process which gives it a grainy appearance; A proof coin with a granular (rather than mirrorlike) surface produced by dies treated to obtain a minutely etched surface

Most popular coin titles

DefinitionSearchesPercentage
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 37778  13.27%
Silver Clad 27026  9.49%
Coin Silver 19171  6.74%
BN 17017  5.98%
Encapsulated Coin 16439  5.78%
Slabbed Coins 16078  5.65%
RB 15594  5.48%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 12751  4.48%
PF (PF60, PF70) 12388  4.35%
Reeded Edge 12162  4.27%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 11879  4.17%
PQ 10635  3.74%
MS (MS60-MS70) 10573  3.71%
PR (PR60, PR70) 10441  3.67%
High Relief 9819  3.45%
Incuse 9753  3.43%
Coin drop 9077  3.19%
Obverse or Face side 9050  3.18%
Rarity 8848  3.11%
Reverse Cameo 8126  2.85%