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For a coin with a given obverse, the reverse may change over a period of time. Coins of British Commonwealth countries for example, have Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse. As she has aged, her portrait is updated every 15 to 20 years, so you have first portrait, second portrait, third portrait, etc. A coin with an unchanging obverse, such as the US one cent coin, may change the design on the reverse periodically so, you have first reverse, second reverse, third reverse, etc. These terms should not be confused with first issue, second issue, etc. when the design of the entire coin is changed, possibly including its size and metallic construction.

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