Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having a furrowed circumference or circular furrow.
  • noun A coin or medal having such a circumference: a term applied by numismatists to certain Roman copper pieces, which are characterized by having on each side a circular furrow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Numis.) A species of medal or medallion of bronze, having a deep furrow on the contour or edge; -- supposed to have been struck in the days of Constantine and his successors.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A bronze medal or medallion with a deep furrow on the contour or edge, supposed to have been struck in the days of Constantine and his successors.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Italian contorniato, present participle of contorniare ("to make a circuit or outline").

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  • A term for the Wordnik coin and medal listers, as well as those interested in Roman history.

    October 22, 2011