Here’s a list of the terms commonly used to describe coins and help identify coins:
- Hammered: Coins produced by placing a piece of metal (blank/flan) between two dies then hand striking with a hammer (hammering) to produce the coin.
- Legend: Coin inscription which can be on either side of the coin, e.g. “obverse legend’ or “reverse inscription” etc.
- Mint: Place coins are made.
- Mint Mark: Discreet indicator in the form of a letter, number or picture added by the mint to identify their coins.
- Moneyer: Person responsible for producing coins.
- Obverse: “Heads” side of the coin, which commonly features the head of the ruler.
- Reverse: “Tails” side of the coin.
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