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Why is the back of a quarter upside down?

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April 15, 2012 7:20PM

All US coins are minted in "coin rotation," which means that if you were to hold the coin so that you are looking at the front, and then rotated it 180 degrees around the vertical axis, you would see the back of the coin upside-down. The alternative is "medal rotation," which is the situation in which, if you rotated it 180 degrees around the vertical axis, you would see the back of the coin rightside-up. Many countries issue coins with coin rotation, but equally many do not. Good examples of countries using medal orientation are the UK and all the eurozone countries.