As for the obverse, my liberal allies, this explains why information that seems so obvious to us never gets through.
The old Kaiser Franz Joseph, faithful and hardworking, was the obverse of the feckless and impetuous German kaiser.
The piece was struck, with a tin backing applied, and the edges of the obverse were then crimped over.
This name was given them from the legend, on the obverse, iam.
It has an obverse and a reverse side, but it is always the same medal.
The reverse of the sheet contained a will exactly like that on the obverse.
In passing from the obverse of our coins to the examination of the opposite side, we do this by inverting the piece.
Now this lady and her husband were in obverse relative positions.
The obverse has the king's head in profile, and the reverse the usual fire-altar and supporters.
I don't think nature intended to have them the obverse of men.
"turned toward the observer, frontal," 1650s, from Latin obversus "turned against, directed toward," past participle of obvertere "to turn toward or against," from ob "toward" (see ob-) + vertere "to turn" (see versus). According to OED, not in common use until the end of the 18th century. The noun, in reference to coins, medals, etc. (opposite of reverse), is attested from 1650s. Related: Obversely.