The main elements of a coin are shown here on the 1999 Delaware quarter, the first coin minted for the
50 State Quarters™ Program.
Clockwise from the top, here's what each term means.
You can find more coin terms in the
the portion of a coin's surface not used for design or inscription.
principal lettering on a coin.
a small letter on a coin identifying which mint struck the coin.
the outer border of a coin, considered the "third side" (not to be confused with "rim").
Some coins feature lettering, reeding, or ornamental designs on their edges.
the back (or "tails") side of a coin.
the raised edge on both sides of a coin (created by the upsetting mill) that helps protect the coin's design from wear.
the front (or "heads") side of a coin.
It usually has the date, mint mark, and main design.
the part of a coin's design that is raised above the surface.