Obverse and reverse


Written By: Ehsan Jahandarpour

Obverse and its opposite, reverse, refer to the two flat faces of coins and some other two-sided objects, including paper money, flags, seals, medals, drawings, old master prints and other works of art, and printed fabrics. In this usage, obverse means the front face of the object and reverse means the back face. The obverse of a coin is commonly called heads, because it often depicts the head of a prominent person, and the reverse tails. In numismatics the abbreviation obv. is used for obverse, while ℞, )( and rev. are used for reverse.