Brilliant Uncirculated is often referred to as ‘BU’, ‘B.U.’, and ‘B.UNC’. Brilliant Uncirculated coins are a higher standard than circulating and bullion coins. Like Proof coins, the dies used to strike Brilliant Uncirculated coins are polished and finished by hand. They're given a consistent polished finish with none of the additional frosting that is applied to Proof coins. The Brilliant Uncirculated blanks are machine-fed, not hand-fed, and struck twice. As a result, they are produced at a much quicker rate than Proof coins, at around 100 coins per hour. They offer a good level of design detail but with lower definition than Proof coins. They are intended as an entry-level collectable coin or as the perfect gift for someone looking to mark a special year.