from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A space beneath the main design on a coin for the insertion of the date.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The 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.


French : Greek ex-, ex- + Greek ergon, work.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • place for date??

    March 22, 2012

  • Circled in David Foster Wallace's dictionary:

    March 13, 2010

  • A space on a coin, usually on the reverse below the central part of the design; frequently the location where the date is shown. (Thank you, frindley.)

    April 18, 2008