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Anatomy of a credit card

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The long string of numbers, the magnetic stripe, the signature strip, the bank logo -- each plays a role in making credit transactions work.

Get to know the anatomy of your credit card: Click the circles in the image below to reveal what the standard parts of a card contain. Flip the card over using the arrow.

See related: How to find your credit card security code, FAQ on chip-enabled credit cards, How the 'Luhn forumula' validates card numbers, Those numbers on your credit card -- explained, Can retailers ask for ID with your credit card?

Published: July 16, 2014

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Updated: 10-02-2014

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