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25 Feb 2017

Obverse or reverse: how would you call it?

| Ian Fenn

Some years ago I recall an on line discussion over how to identify a coin obverse and reverse. I was a very new collector and was stunned at how heated the discussion became. I always assumed the head side was the obverse and tails side was the reverse. That appears to work for the majority of coins but in some cases its not so clear. IN the end that internet discussion wound its way to an untidy end but from my lurking I learned from it that the side bearing the the details of the issuing authority is the obverse. I have stuck with that approach since then. However I now have an interesting puzzle ( For background to the coin refer to my 25 November 2016 blog). This Zwolle mint Luigino clearly has a head and tails but I believe that in this case the heads side of the coin is actually the reverse. The coin was produced for trade by the Zwolle mint( Netherlands) and was a privately commissioned issue. In this case the the heads side bears the the likeness of the French King Louis XIV ( to make it similar to the French coin it was imitating) while the tails side bears the arms and legend of the Zwolle mint. In the two catalogs that include the coin ( one French/Italian, the other Dutch) the heads side is designated as obverse. I believe to be technically correct the tails side should be referred to as the obverse. I would note That in casual discussion of the coin I would have no issue with any one referring to the heads side as obverse, but I believe to be numismatically accurate the tails side is the one that should be called the obverse. What do you think? Edit: in the dutch catalog Zwolle mint duits of 1636-1639 & 1663 are listed with the side that is similar to the tails side of this coin as "Obverse"

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24 Feb 2017

Experience & hard work

Coins | CoinLady

If you follow my blog, you know I've been a writer for many years.

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24 Feb 2017

Black History Month

News | ANA Official Post | ANAStaff

This is part of a series celebrating Black History Month by 2016 Numismatist of the Year John Kraljevich. Visit his website at www.jkamericana.com.

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23 Feb 2017

2017 Grove Minting 1977 Frank Gasparro Liberty Dollar pattern commemorative

| Grove Minting Company

The Grove Minting Company commemorates the 40th anniversary of 1977 to United States Mint Engraver, Frank Gasparro's Pattern Liberty Dollar. This Flowing Hair Liberty Head Obverse / Eagle in Flight Reverse features an obverse Liberty Head and Liberty Cap on Pole, with a reverse Flying Eagle featuring 13 Stars and 10 Rays.

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23 Feb 2017

Window shopping

Coins-United States | CoinLady

While shopping downtown the other day, I stopped at my favorite coin shop. Just looking at the window displays does a numismatist good! There are complete and partial sets, modern issues, commems, coins of the world.

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22 Feb 2017

Happy Birthday, Washington!

Coins-United States | CoinLady

Today is the actual birthday, not day observed, of George Washington. Medals of Washington were the most popular numismatic collectable 150 years ago. Many medals and tokens featuring our first president were minted and continue to be available today. A beautiful reference book, Medallic Portraits of Washington, lists most of these medals and tokens.

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21 Feb 2017

Treasures...not coins

Coins | CoinLady

Monday is the day I visit book stores. As a writer, I always have projects in the works. Made a pretty good haul yesterday. My tote bag weighed almost 15 lbs!

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21 Feb 2017

Black History Month

News | ANA Official Post | ANAStaff

This is part of a series celebrating Black History Month by 2016 Numismatist of the Year John Kraljevich. Visit his website at www.jkamericana.com.

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