Numista abbreviations

This page lists the abbreviations that may be used on Numista.

Table of contents

Currencies

Æ
Aes (Latin), copper or copper alloys. Used to describe bronze ancient coins of an uncertain denomination. When followed by a number between 1 and 4, it indicates the diameter of a Roman coin:
  • Æ1 - 25 mm or greater
  • Æ2 - 21 - 25 mm
  • Æ3 - 17 - 21 mm
  • Æ4 - less than 17 mm
When followed by another number, it indicates the actual diameter of the coin in mm.
ECU
European Currency Unit.

Dates

AD
Anno Domini (Latin), in the year of our Lord. Label for dates after year 1 of the Common era. Precedes numerals (e.g. AD 453), but follows numbers written as words (fourth century AD).
  • AD 27
  • A.D.   ||   CE   ||   C.E.   ||   A.C.
BC
Before Christ. Label for dates before year 1 of the Common Era. Follows dates:
  • 27 BC
  • BC 27   ||   B.C.   ||   Bc   ||   BCE   ||   B.C.E.
AH
Anno Hegirae (Latin), in the year of the Hijra. Label for dates after year 1 of the Islamic lunar calendar.
BH
Before the Hijra. Label for dates before year 1 of the Islamic lunar calendar.
AM 
Anno mundi (Latin), in the year of the world. Label for dates in the Jewish calendar.
ND
No date. Only used in the date lines.

Miscellaneous

etc.
Etcetera (Latin), and so forth.
var.
Variant. Only used in the reference code field.

Units of measure

mm, cm, m, km
Millimetre, centimetre, metre, kilometre. Split with a blank from the preceding numeral:
  • 17 mm
  • 17 mil   ||   17 mm.   ||   17mm
g, kg
Gram, kilogram. Split with a blank from the preceding numeral:
  • 17 g
  • 17 gr   ||   17 gr.   ||   17 gm   ||   17 g.

Grades

Do not use grade abbreviations in running text. These abbreviations are only used in date lines. Do not use abbreviations to describe in-between grades:

  • almost very fine   ||   good very fine   ||   better than very fine   ||   choice uncirculated
  • very fine -   ||   very fine +   ||   aVF   ||   uncirculated ++   ||   ch. UNC
G
Good
VG
Very Good
F
Fine
VF
Very Fine
XF
Extra Fine
  • EF
AU
About Uncirculated
  • AUNC   ||   AUnc   ||   aUNC
UNC
Uncirculated
  • FDC   ||   Unc

Grading companies

ANACS
American Numismatic Association Certification Service
IGS
Independent Coin Graders
NGC
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation
PCGS
Professional Coin Grading Service

International organisations

FAO
Food and Agriculture Organization
NASA
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NATO
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
UEFA
Union of European Football Associations
UNESCO
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization
UNICEF
United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund

Abbreviations that should not be used on Numista

&
  • and
$, €, £, and other currency symbols
  • dollar, euro, pound, etc.
ANS and other numismatic institutions
  • American Numismatic Society, etc.
b., d.
  • born, died
bi.
  • billon
BU, P, other minting terms
  • brilliant uncirculated, proof, etc.
c., ca., cca., approx.
  • circa
Dr.
  • doctor
e.g.
  • for example
el.
  • electrum
ESA, other space agencies
  • European Space Agency, etc.
EU, EC, other European institutions
  • European Union, European Commission, etc.
Gen., Maj., Capt., and other military ranks
  • general, major, captain, etc.
i.e.
  • that is
IMF, other banks and financial institutions
  • International Monetary Fund, etc.
IOC, other sports associations
  • International Olympic Committee, etc.
Ltd., LLC, Inc., PLC
  • Limited, Limited Liability Company, Incorporated, Public Limited Company, etc.
l., r.
  • left, right
Mt., Mtn.
  • mount, mountain
n/a, NA
  • not applicable
N, S, E, W
  • north, south, east, west
NGO
  • Non-Governmental Organisations
RAF, other military organisations
  • Royal Air Force, etc.
St., S.
  • Saint
Au, Ar, and other symbols of chemical elements
  • gold, silver, etc.
UAE
  • United Arab Emirates
UK
  • United Kingdom
UN, UNFPA, other United Nations organisations
  • United Nations, United Nations Population Fund
US
  • United States
USSR
  • Soviet Union
WHO
  • World Health Organisation
WTO
  • World Trade Organisation