Coin collectors spend a lot of time inspecting the various characteristics of each coin that interests them. This allows collectors to determine specific factors about each coin, including its history and value. Learning about the basic anatomy of a coin is essential for being able to determine which coins are worth collecting and which ones should be passed over.
For example, you should know that the “heads” side of a coin is known as the obverse side. The back, or “tails,” side of a coin is called the reverse side. The outer border is called the edge, which may be plain, reeded (textured with lines), lettered, or decorated. The raised border found on both faces of the coin is the rim. A mint mark signifies where the coin was made and the legend is the major lettering featured on the coin.
Now that you know the basics, you can learn more about coins by contacting the coin dealers here at Coins of the Realm in Gaithersburg. Discover how to find the right coins to add to your collection by giving us a call at (301) 637-6220.