American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A space on the reverse of a coin or medal, usually below the central design and often giving the date and place of engraving.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In numismatics, that part of the reverse of a coin or medal which is below the main device (“type”), and distinctly separated from it, generally by a line. The exergue is either left plain or is tilled by an inscription, symbol, or numeral, which is then described as being “in the exergue,” or (as commonly abbreviated) “in ex.” See cut under
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Numis.) The small space beneath the base line of a subject engraved on a coin or medal. It usually contains the date, place, engraver's name, etc., or other subsidiary matter.
- French : Greek ex-, ex- + Greek ergon, work. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Toward the edge of the field are disposed the titles of his various works, as though radiating from the head, and in the exergue is his signature, framed by a half-garland over which extends a mace.”
Shakespeare and Precious Stones Treating of the Known References of Precious Stones in Shakespeare's Works, with Comments as to the Origin of His Material, the Knowledge of the Poet Concerning Precious Stones, and References as to Where the Precious Stones of His Time Came from
“Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692. 75. 33. exergues: the exergue is a term in numismatics to signify the space under the principal figure on the reverse of a coin, usually containing the date or place of coining.”
“Just enough of the exergue beneath the E C in FIVE CENTS to confirm that no mintmark is present.”
“Squeezed in at the lower left were the British Isles, and in the exergue beyond was the inscription she had been cleaning.”
“Round her is inscribed NIL INTENTATUM NOSTRI LIQUERE: and on the exergue, AUSPICIIS GEORGII III.”
“The one antiquated, rude, corroded, and begrimed in its long conflict with time, and the other bright and vivid, its field and exergue unmarred, its emblems and legends clear and sharp.”
“A description of the medal, beginning with the obverse: 1st, the whole legend; 2d, the description of the emblems and devices; 3d, the legend of the exergue; 4th, the names of the designer and of the engraver.”
“The legend of the exergue of this medal, as originally proposed by the”
“At the suggestion of Mr. Jefferson, Minister of the United States of America, the exergue of the medal formerly composed for”
“On the reverse, Victory treading under her feet broken arms, with the legend and the exergue, and”
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