Coin Terminology and Glossary

The Coin Collecting Dictionary includes 546 terms used widely in the coin collectors community, and has received over 631761 search inquires.

Selected term: Coin Silver
Explanation: In the US, coin silver often means the purity of silver used in circulating coins dated before 1965. Back then dimes, quarters, half dollars, and silver dollars were 90% solid silver, made of 90% silver and 10% copper. Other countries may use the words "coin silver" to mean the purity used in their silver coins, which may be different from US coins

Most popular coin terms

DefinitionSearchesPercentage
Specimen Proof (SP-70 or PF-70) 37201  13.39%
Silver Clad 26647  9.59%
Coin Silver 18839  6.78%
BN 16696  6.01%
Encapsulated Coin 16114  5.80%
Slabbed Coins 15705  5.65%
RB 15286  5.50%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 12433  4.48%
PF (PF60, PF70) 12048  4.34%
Reeded Edge 11863  4.27%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 11557  4.16%
PQ 10340  3.72%
MS (MS60-MS70) 10224  3.68%
PR (PR60, PR70) 10116  3.64%
High Relief 9520  3.43%
Incuse 9427  3.39%
Coin drop 8778  3.16%
Obverse or Face side 8754  3.15%
Rarity 8362  3.01%
Reverse Cameo 7782  2.80%