Coin Edges

Written on April 9, 2021 • Last edit: April 17, 2021

The edge is the curved surface of a coin that extends around its entire circumference. Edges may be plain or may receive a design during the minting process. Historically, designs were introduced to discourage counterfeiting and clipping, the practice of shaving off unnoticeable amounts of precious metal from the coin, for personal gain.

The table below lists a range of basic types used in the Numista catalogue to describe the edges of coins and exonumia. Novelties and more specialised types are not included in this list.

Plain (example)Rounded (example)Serrated (example)
Embossed lettering (example)Incuse lettering (example)Lettering on reeding (example)
Embossed pattern
Incuse pattern (example)Fishbone
Reeding (example)Reeding slanted left (example)Reeding slanted right (example)
Incuse reeding (example)Incuse reeding slanted left (example)Incuse reeding slanted right
Segmented reeding (example)Reticulated (example)Custom reeding (example)
Grooved (example)Security (example)Hand-stamped (example)