Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 629212 search inquires.

Selected term: Coin drop
Explanation: It is the term used to describe a publicity stunt where a valuable coin is deliberately dropped (placed) into circulation. This usually is done specifically to promote a coin show in the community. The American Numismatic Association has been doing coin drops for about a decade. A few collectors complain about 'wasting' good coins, but when properly conducted, a coin drop is a cost-effective way to promote a numismatic event

Most popular coin terms

DefinitionSearchesPercentage
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 37069  13.39%
Silver Clad 26586  9.60%
Coin Silver 18796  6.79%
BN 16648  6.01%
Encapsulated Coin 16072  5.80%
Slabbed Coins 15639  5.65%
RB 15249  5.51%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 12385  4.47%
PF (PF60, PF70) 11992  4.33%
Reeded Edge 11820  4.27%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 11528  4.16%
PQ 10301  3.72%
MS (MS60-MS70) 10185  3.68%
PR (PR60, PR70) 10071  3.64%
High Relief 9484  3.43%
Incuse 9373  3.38%
Coin drop 8735  3.15%
Obverse or Face side 8725  3.15%
Rarity 8331  3.01%
Reverse Cameo 7758  2.80%