Monday, May 13, 2013

What is the exergue on a coin?

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Exergue is the area on a coin or medal that is below or around the general design and is used to give secondary details about the coin.

Examples may include areas of the coin that display the date or mint mark.

Some definitions state that this area resides strictly on the reverse of a coin, while others state that it can be on either the obverse or reverse.

The word comes from the French word for “highlight” and it is often used in descriptions found in old coin catalogs.

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