The front ("heads") side of a coin. Generally, the side with the date and principal design.
The back ("tails") side of a coin.
The outer border of a coin, which is the third side, can have plain, reeded, lettered, or decorated edges. Do not confuse the "rim" with the edge. Rims are features of the obverse and reverse of a coin.
The raised border around the obverse and reverse that helps protect the coin's design from wear.
The main inscription or lettering on a coin.
A small letter or symbol on a coin used to identify where a coin was made. Current United States mint marks are P (Philadelphia), D (Denver), S (San Francisco), and W (West Point).
The part of a coin's design that is raised above the surface.
The flat portion of a coin's surface not used for design or inscription.
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