Silver and Gold Coin Anatomy

The Anatomy of a coin.

One of the first steps in learning how to collect coins, preserve wealth with gold and silver coins is to learn all you can about silver and gold coins. One of the first things I researched on my journey to enhancing my wealth is the anatomy of a coin. A great resource to view immediately is the American Numismatic Association. While visiting there site I found some great diagrams that are great for coin reference. Below, you will find the “heads” & “tails”, or “obverse”, or “reverse”.   It is always interesting and fun learning about something, especially something like beautiful and rare coins. Or a new term for something you have been saying your entire life, like Heads or tails ?

Searching for something old has become quite the hobby. But collecting rare coins is something else. The time and history of the coins is something spectacular. Both Silver and gold coins have a certain beauty and importance, but there is something extra special about gold and gold coins.  It can become quite the obsession !

Because you are dealing with precious metals and commodities, always be sure to become as educated as possible. And don’t be afraid to take risks.

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.


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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