obverse obverse  /əb ˈvɜrs/


  1. (n) the more conspicuous of two alternatives or cases or sides
  2. (n) the side of a coin or medal bearing the principal stamp or design


  1. Nickel 2-lira: reverse, the Good Shepherd with sheep; obverse, the Papal Arms.
  2. New drachmas have been minted carrying the King's image; but in place of his coat of arms, the obverse side of the coin depicts the phoenix emblem of the revolution.
  3. But each of the 15 Eurozone countries has its own obverse, or national side, creating a total of 120 different coins in circulation.


  • Dollar Store Accessories: Screen Protector

    Full disclosure: I don't entirely get the point of screen protectors. My screens, from touch-based to desktop, have all survived entirely fine until this moment without them. The dollar store iPad-specific screen protector comes with an entire page of directions on the obverse of the container. You clean the screen with the provided cloth ("in a dust-free environment"). You then pull back the ...
    on September 20, 2013     Source: The Unofficial Apple Weblog


  1. "It was wonderful to be part of something that was well received in Sundance," says Farrell. "I have been on the obverse of that more than once and it's not nice. Sometimes you pour your heart and soul into something for six or seven months...
    on Apr 4, 2008 By: Colin Farrell Source: Telegraph.co.uk

  2. "People have turned freedom into licence," Archbishop Tutu said, "and forget that freedom has its obverse - responsibility and obligation".
    on Oct 7, 2006 By: Desmond Tutu Source: BBC News

  3. Two-headed coinsIn Australia, "there appears to be a virus of two-headed-coins -- or, to be numismatically correct, of coins with heads on both the obverse and the reverse," writes Imre Salusinszky in The Australian.
    on Nov 26, 2004 By: Imre Salusinszky Source: Globe and Mail

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