Coin Collecting Basics
New to coin collecting? This article might be just for you. It aims
to get new collectors acquainted with coin collecting by starting with
the basics. Sometimes one is surprised to discover that he doesnít know
the basics of something that heís been doing for years.
Thatís normal. People tend to overlook the fundamental things. Things,
which are ought to be common sense, are sometimes not so common. So for
those who admiringly admit that one doesnít know everything and can use
some basic info, read on. Letís start with the coin parts or features,
This is the image of an important national personality that is minted
on the coinópersonalities like former presidents, national heroes, kings
& queens, or emblems like the Liberty in the United States.
This consists of numerals that represents the year the coin was
The Denomination. This is the purchasing value of the coin, which is
assigned by the government.
It is always said that a coin always has two sides. This is not
entirely accurate because a coin has more than two sidesóit has three.
The third side is the edge.
It just go unnoticed thatís all, but itís there alright. The edge can
be reeded or plain. Sometimes itís also decorated with letters or some
emblems. These decorations are called edge device.
This is the empty area of a coin.
This one is a phrase inscribed on the coin, such as the country of
These are the small letters, indicating the mint at which the coin
As the name suggests, this is some maxim that the particular country
of the coin
This is the raised area enclosing the edges of both the reverse and
obverse sides of a coin.
Knowing the parts or features of a coin will help you in describing your
coin better. Like if you have to describe it to a friend over the phone
or email to get his opinion for grading, you will know how to say where
the scratches or the errors are.
Now that you are familiar with coin features, you may now move on to
the next lesson. You may want to begin learning the words and phrases
commonly used by coin collectors. So you donít get lost in the jargon of
the hobby and get to actually speak it!