Coin Terminology and Glossary

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Selected title: Slabbed Coins
Explanation: Coins which have been submitted to one of the professional grading services for certification as to the grade of the coin. The coins are examined by the grading services experts, assigned a grade and sealed into a hard plastic 'slab' with a label indicating the coin type, date, mintmark, variety and grade. Often a certified coin is accompanied by a photograph certificate. The holder affords protection from subsequent wear or damage but is not airtight and therefore will not prevent toning. Because any tampering with the holder will be obvious, it also prevents replacing the certified coin with something else. The grades assigned to the coins are accepted as accurate by most collectors and dealers. Because of this, slabbed coins are often traded sight unseen.

Most popular coin titles

DefinitionSearchesPercentage
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 43312  13.36%
Silver Clad 28781  8.88%
Coin Silver 20854  6.43%
Slabbed Coins 19268  5.94%
BN 18927  5.84%
Encapsulated Coin 18230  5.62%
RB 17573  5.42%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 14346  4.42%
PF (PF60, PF70) 14232  4.39%
Reeded Edge 13722  4.23%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 13435  4.14%
PQ 12486  3.85%
MS (MS60-MS70) 12197  3.76%
PR (PR60, PR70) 12055  3.72%
High Relief 11310  3.49%
Incuse 11289  3.48%
Rarity 11268  3.47%
Coin drop 10672  3.29%
Obverse or Face side 10548  3.25%
Reverse Cameo 9746  3.01%