Homepage / Bullion Investment Basics: Coin Anatomy


Bullion Coin Anatomy



Like any other coin, a Bullion Coin's Anatomy is very easy to recognize, as you will see below, bullion coins are no different from any other coin.

All coins have a Legend, a Date of Issue, a Field, and a Relief, however, besides the 'Date of Issue' few people know how to identify the other attributes of a coin.

The biggest difference between Bullion coins other coins is that they are made for Investing in precious metals, not so much for collecting, and certainly not for circulating.

The bullion coin that is used on this page to help you learn a Bullion Coin's Anatomy is the 1oz. American Eagle Platinum Bullion Coin.







Free Bullion Investment Guide




The author of this guide created this guide to give you an honest place, on the web, that provides reliable bullion market information.

This guide is a little unusual to other guides because it also advocates for Gold Nanoparticle Cancer Research, and supports individuals who are Battling cancer.

This guide is here to assist you in preserving the value of your savings and or investments through precious metals bullion while helping researchers & patients battle cancer.

Thank you for visiting!


 Mission(s) of this Guide





bullion vault
Affiliate Ad








The Obverse Side of a
Bullion Coin





coin anatomy obv





The Reverse Side of a
Bullion Coin





coin anatomy rev








Coin Edges

The edge of a coin is often referred to as the third side of a coin.






obverse & reverse of a coin

The Three Sides of a Coin

At least once in your life you've flipped a coin and called "Heads" or "Tails." 

In terms of a coin's anatomy, "Heads" is known as the "Obverse" side of the coin and "Tails" is known as the "Reverse" side.

But, there is also a third side that will almost never come up when you flip a coin and that is the coin's "Edge."

The Free Bullion Investment Guide has over 100 coin pages, all of which are narrated using obverse, reverse and edge coin terminology.

reeded edgeThe "Edge"
is the Third Side of a Coin





Reeded Coin Edge









Lettered Edge









Plain Edge









Grained Edge













Affiliate Ad








Bullion Coin Anatomy
- Breakdown -









field and rim of coin


Field - The flat area of a coin’s surface that doesn’t have any design or inscription.


Rim - The raised edge that runs completely around both sides of a coin.





edge

Edge - The edge is the very outer border of a coin. Edges can be lettered, plain or reeded. See below for more information on coin edges.






portrai


Portrait - Found on the Obverse side of the coin. Common portraits include presidents, monarchy, and Liberty.







legend

Legend - Usually found at the top of a bullion coin, often referred to the coin’s inscription.





bullion coin relief



Relief - The part of a coin’s design that is raised above the surface.







coin motto


Motto - Coin lettering or inscriptions like "In God We Trust" and " "E Pluribus Unum."





weight and purity

Weight & Purity - States the coins' weight and the purity of the precious metal in the coin.





face value of coin

Face Value - The value of the coin, the face value of every bullion coin is guaranteed and backed by the country in which it represents.




coins year of issue

Date or Year of Issue - Indicates the year a coin was minted or first issued.





initials


Designers Initials - The initials of the person who designed the coin.










SD Bullion
Affiliate Ad










Mint Marks





Mint Mark - A mint mark is a Mark or an Inscription on a coin indicating the mint that produced the coin.

United States bullion coins are not minted with a Mint Mark.

It is the one way to recognize a Numismatic (Proof or Un-Circulated) American Eagle from the Bullion version of the coin.

Proof and uncirculated numismatic (collectors) versions of the American Eagle bullion coins have a "W" on their reverse side, representing the West Point Mint.

The practice of including a Mint Mark is shared with some bullion coins and not with others.


mexican mint markMexican Mint Mark
















For instance, Mexico includes their ("O" over an "M") mint mark on all of their minted Libertads.

Australia includes their "P" mint mark, representing the Perth Mint, on some of their bullion coins and not others.

Whereas, China and Canada, both do not indicate any Mint Marks on their bullion coins.






Affiliate Ad










Enhanced Anatomy
of the
American Eagle Platinum
Bullion Coin









Obverse




exploding coin obv





Reverse




exploding coin rev





Free Bullion Investment Guide
Thanks You for Visiting!






The author of this guide created this guide to give you an honest place, on the web, that provides reliable bullion market information.

This guide is a little unusual to other guides because it also advocates for Gold Nanoparticle Cancer Research, and supports individuals who are Battling cancer.

This guide is here to assist you in preserving the value of your savings and or investments through precious metals bullion while helping researchers & patients battle cancer.

Thank you for visiting!


Go to this guide's Mission page for more information.









bullion vault
Affiliate Ad




For the Latest Bullion Market News...


Return from the Bullion Coin Anatomy page

and

Visit the Homepage











Free Bullion Investment Guide




search

   Search the Guide

search engine by freefind





PayPal, Debt, or
Credit Card



Gold Nanoparticle Cancer Awareness Ribbon of the Free Bullion Investment Guide

This Guides Gives
1/2 its Earnings
to Individuals
who
are Battling Cancer
through

 
The Angel of Healing Cancer Fund

Archangel Raphael The Angel of Healing

Who is the
Angel of Healing?

The Archangel Raphael



This Guide's Contributions to those Battling Cancer

$5,777.59

Next Ledger Entry 07/15/2020

Last Ledger Entry 06/15/2020


Donations Spreadsheet





Time-line of Who this Guide has Sponsored

2012 - 2020








recent guide updates

Bullion News on the Homepage

updated - daily

(except Saturdays)



Updated

06/27/2020

kookaburra

Australian Kookaburra

2019 & 2020

mintage figures




06/22/2020

Blog Post

silver and gold

More Consolidation

for

Silver and Gold?




06/18/2020

Blog Post

Gold Nanoparticles

&

Rapid Result COVID-19 Testing




06/15/2019

Ledger-Spreadsheet

&

Ledger/Journal




Updated

06/07/2020

US Bullion

U.S. Bullion Coin Mintage Figures




Cancer Awareness Information & Resources page

Cancer Awareness Gold Nano-Ribbon

Continuously Updated














Weekly

Top 10 pages of the Free-Bullion-Investment-Guide.com

pages



Home page




The 'Troy'
System of Weight




Silver Price

Charts




Engelhard

Bullion Refiner




Archangel Raphael

The Angel of Healing




Australian Silver

Kookaburra Bullion Coin





America the Beautiful

5oz. Silver Bullion Coin




Canadian Silver

Maple Leaf Bullion Coin




Australian Silver Lunar

Bullion Coin




Johnson Matthey

Bullion Refiner








Affiliate Ads


Coin Collecting Supplies