- n. Plural form of dentil.
“The Ionic order is more elegant and matronly – think Boticelli's Venus – with often unfluted columns, scrolled capitals, friezes that are sometimes adorned with elaborately sculpted bas-relief and dentils – a row of small blocks – below the cornices.”
“Varieties: Extensively studied, many known, including 1794 Head of 1793, Head of 1794, and Head of 1795; 1794 Starred Reverse, with 94 five-point stars interspersed with the rim dentils; 1794 No Fraction Bar; 1795 Lettered, Plain, and Reeded Edge; 1795 Plain and Lettered Edge “Jefferson Head” (so named because of a forehead on Liberty that resembles that of the Founding Father); and other device variations, many for 1794-dated coins.”
“The Shield nickel has dentils along the rim of both sides, and all were struck at Philadelphia so none display a mintmark.”
“UNITED STATES OF AMERICA forms a concentric arc around the top two-thirds of the surface, inside of the dentils circling the rim, with the denomination of QUAR.”
“The word LIBERTY is centered at the top inside the border dentils, with the date centered at the bottom.”
“The beads were replaced in 1794 and for the last two years by dentils.”
“The reverse shows an eagle with outstretched wings, tips reaching nearly to the dentils encircling the rim.”
“UNITED STATES OF AMERICA forms a concentric arc inside of the top two-thirds of the dentils circling the rim, with the denomination of QUAR.”
“A circle of beads lies inside the rim of the planchet on 1793 coins; the beads were replaced in 1794 and for the last two years by dentils that extend to the edge of the coin.”
“Forming a partial circle at the top, inside dentils along the raised rim, are UNITED STATES on the left side, and OF AMERICA on the right.”
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