The Parts of a Coin

There are much more to coins than just "heads & tails"! Scroll down for two images showing the different parts of a coin, including the proper names for each side of a coin.

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diagram of the parts of a coin Obverse

Obverse, or “heads” side of a 2000-D Statehood quarter. The obverse side, depicting the familiar portrait of President George Washington, was modified slightly to include some of the wording previously used on the reverse. 

diagram of the parts of a coin Reverse

Reverse, or “tails” side, of a 2000-D Statehood quarter commemorating the founding of each state. Launched in 1999, the 50 States Quarter program features five new designs per year through 2008. The “D” mint-mark indicates it was made at the Denver Mint.

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