Obverse

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Obverse

In numismatics, the front of a coin; that is to say, the "heads" side. The obverse usually features a face of the head of state or some real or mythological national figure. The back of a coin is called the reverse.
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What we would consider more serious numismatic scholarship came with the publication of the Imagini con tutti i reversi of Enea Vico in 1548, an attempt to illustrate all known reverses as well as the portrait obverses of the coins of the first twelve Caesars.
The book gives the impression of a real coin collection, though only the obverses, showing the illustrious faces, are recorded, and while the profiles are in fact quite accurate, the woodcuts nevertheless show what we might call a certain negotiation with verisimilitude.