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) 39710  13.14%
Silver Clad 27800  9.20%
Coin Silver 19915  6.59%
BN 17832  5.90%
Slabbed Coins 17704  5.86%
Encapsulated Coin 17206  5.69%
RB 16488  5.46%
Deep Cameo (DC or DCAM) 13462  4.45%
PF (PF60, PF70) 13306  4.40%
Reeded Edge 12873  4.26%
Ultra Cameo (UCAM) 12583  4.16%
PQ 11419  3.78%
MS (MS60-MS70) 11330  3.75%
PR (PR60, PR70) 11201  3.71%
High Relief 10496  3.47%
Incuse 10480  3.47%
Rarity 9964  3.30%
Coin drop 9814  3.25%
Obverse or Face side 9733  3.22%
Reverse Cameo 8879  2.94%