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Ever wondered what you call all the parts of different coins? This reference will help you decipher the terms you need to identify what the parts are in various coins.
Edge – Coins have an outer border encompassing it which may be plain, lettered, or decorated.
Rim – Not to be confused with the edge, a coin's rim is raised on both sides to protect the design from wear and tear.
Relief – The relief in coins is the raised area, often depicting various imagery.
Field – The field is the flat part of a coin which does not have any inscription or image.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|