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Anatomy of a credit card

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With the coming of chip cards, the anatomy of a credit card has become even more crowded. Do you know what all the parts are and what they do?

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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.

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