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How to Tell the Difference Between Page Turn and Coin Turn

Coin or Medal Alignment?

Telling the difference between page turn and coin turn can be done simply and easily with the change in your wallet. 

Coin Alignment (Coin Turn)

Using a US quarter as an example, hold it between your thumb and 1st finger so that George Washington and the text (the obverse in coin lingo) is right side up and pretend there's a line or string going down through the coin from top to bottom, similar to an axis. Now take your other hand and spin the coin from right to left on that axis, WITHOUT letting go of it. The back side (or reverse) should be facing you and it should be upside down. This is coin turn and it's how US currency coins are made. 


Medal Alignment (Page Turn)

Page turn is the exact opposite. Think of it like turning pages in a book. When you look at a page, the text and/or any image is right side up. When you turn the next page, the text/image is ALSO right side up. See the example below.  

Coin Turn vs. Page Turn exampleCoin turn or page turn is strictly a preference, there's no right or wrong way to orient your coins. Whatever you like is right! Whichever you choose, there is no additional charge for orientation. For information on reeded edge or plain edge, click here.

Talk to your salesperson about what is right for you. 


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Here are some additional resources:

How Dies are Used in the Coin Making Process? Dies are an integral part of coin making. Discover how in this blog. 
Learn the Difference Between Plain and Reeded Edge Coins. Edges matter. 

How Small is Too Small When it Comes to Coin Text Size? A short introduction to font size on coins.
How Custom Coins are Made - a video tour of the oldest private mint in America