Numismatic Acronyms

Discussion in 'Frequently Asked Questions' started by National dealer, May 29, 2004.

  1. National dealer

    National dealer New Member

    (Edit: A newer and more comprehensive list of acronyms related to coins/numismatics is here )

    Term Definition

    ACG= Accu Grade
    ADO= Abraded Die Obverse
    ADR= Abraded Die Reverse
    AG= About Good
    ANA= American Numismatic Association
    ANACS= American Numismatic Association Certification Service
    AU= About Uncirculated
    BS= Business Strike
    BREEN= Walter Breen Listing
    BU= Brilliant Uncirculated
    BV= Bullion Value
    CML= CONECA Master Listing
    CC= Condition Census (Highest Grade Known)
    CC= Carson City (Mint)
    CCW= Counter Clockwise
    CONECA= Combined Org. of Numismatic Error Collectors of America
    CN= Cupro-Nickel
    CPG= Cherry Picker's Guide
    CUD= Major Die Break
    CW= Clockwise
    DC (DCAM)= Deep Cameo
    DD= Doubled Die
    DDD= Die Deterioration Doubling
    DDO= Doubled Die Obverse
    DDR= Doubled Die Reverse
    DMPL Deep Mirrors Proof Like
    DMR= Die Marriage Registry
    EDS= Early Die State
    EF= Extremely Fine
    EMDS= Early Mid Die State
    EPU= E Pluribus Unum
    FBL= Full Bell Lines
    FS= Full Steps
    FS= Fivaz-Stanton Listing
    FSB= Full Split Bands
    FSNC= Full Step Nickel Club
    ICG= Independent Coin Grading Service
    KM= Krause-Mishler Listing
    LDS= Late Die State
    LMDS= Late Mid Die State
    MAD= Misaligned Die
    MD= Master Die
    MDD= Machine Damage Doubling
    MDO= Master Die Obverse
    MDR= Master Die Reverse
    MDS= Mid Die State
    MM= Mint Mark
    MMS= Mint Mark Style
    MPD= Misplaced Date
    MS= Mint State
    NCADD= National Collectors Association of Die Doubling
    NLG= Numismatic Literary Guild
    NTC= Numitrust Corporation
    OBV= Obverse
    ODV= Obverse Design Variety
    OMM= Over Mint Mark
    PCGS= Professional Coin Grading Service
    PCI= Photo-Certified Coin Institute
    PF= (PRF) Proof
    PL= Proof Like
    PQ= Proof Qualities
    PR= Proof
    PUP= Pick Up Point
    PVC= Poly Vinyl Chloride
    QDO= Quadrupled Die Obverse
    QDR= Quadrupled Die Reverse
    RDV= Reverse Design Variety
    REV= Reverse
    ROT= Rotated Reverse
    RPD= Repunched Date
    RPM= Repunched Mint Mark
    RPMP= Repunched Mint Mark Punch
    SD= Series Doubling
    SDO= Series Doubled Obverse
    SDR= Series Doubled Reverse
    SEGS= Sovereign Entities Grading Service
    SMS= Special Mint Set
    SNOW= Rick Snow Listing
    SP= Specimen
    TDO= Tripled Die Obverse
    TDR= Tripled Die Reverse
    UC= Ultra Cameo
    UNC= Uncirculated
    URS= Universal Rarity Scale
    UVC= Universal Variety Code
    VAM= Van Allen-Mallis Listing
    VEDS= Very Early Die State
    VG= Very Good
    VF= Very Fine
    VLDS= Very Late Die State
    WDDO= Wexler Doubled Die Obverse Listing
    WDDR= Wexler Doubled Die Reverse Listing
    WH= Working Hub
    WHO= Working Hub Obverse
    WHR= Working Hub Reverse
    WRPM= Wexler Repunched Mint Mark Listing
    XF= Extremely Fine
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  3. rbm86

    rbm86 Coin Hoarder

    Can you give an example of a CPG?

    Also you left off FH = Full Head

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    And - FT for Full Torch - RD for Red, RB for Red Brown - FH for Full Horn, FT for Full Tail - FB for Full Bands - CAM for Cameo - UCAM for Ultra Cameo - and I'm certain a score of others I can't think of right now ;)
  5. richcastle

    richcastle New Member


    I've seen the name Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS on the royal mint website. Can anyone tell me what the letters FRBS mean? (all i can think of is Federal Reserve Bank Sculptor)


  6. rickyb

    rickyb With a name like Ricky...

    FBL= full bell lines
  7. codydude815

    codydude815 Wannabe coin dealer

    Maybe Ferderal Reserve bureau (however you spell it) secritary??
  8. SapperNurse

    SapperNurse DOD enhanced

  9. Jhonn

    Jhonn Team Awesome

    Don't forget the other PQ: Premium Quality. Granted, it's an extremely over-used term, but still...
  10. dreamer94

    dreamer94 Coin Collector

    As far as I know, there is only one Cherry Pickers Guide.
    Volume 1, published by Stanton publishing (now in its 4th edition) was written by Bill Fivaz and J.T. Stanton, thus giving rise to the Fivaz-Stanton (FS) numbering system for die varieties. Volume I covers half-cents through nickels.

    Volume II published in 2006 by Whitman Publishing covers all other coins starting with half-dimes.
  11. GDJMSP

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

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  12. dreamer94

    dreamer94 Coin Collector

    I thought AG stood for "absolute garbage".
  13. richcastle

    richcastle New Member

    Dont know if it's that. I should have mentioned that Rank-Broadley works for the royal mint and designs the images on the obverses of the uk issues.

    Any ideas anyone?


  14. GDJMSP

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    It means he is a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. Click Here
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  15. richcastle

    richcastle New Member

    many thanks for that.

  16. dreamer94

    dreamer94 Coin Collector

    Here's another: OBW (Original Bank Wrapped) referring to rolls of coins.

    Is anyone collecting these additions into a master list? It would be good to have a clean version of it in the Numismatic Resources forum.
  17. topcover

    topcover Change 'Ho

    This thread should be a sticky!
  18. snaz

    snaz Registry fever

  19. Niel

    Niel Mostly Sane

    Anyone know what FDC refers to? The context was "Gem frosty FDC Unc commem half dollar."
    Many Thanks in advance
  20. GDJMSP

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    It is a term normally applied to world coinage, it means Fleur du Coin. It is a coin grade for lack of a better word and is typically only applied to coins that would grade MS65 or better if using the U.S. grading system.
  21. Niel

    Niel Mostly Sane

    Many thanks for the speedy answer!

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