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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 45, November 8, 2009, Article 9

MORE ON CARTOUCHE

Responding to Dick Johnson's definition of the numismatic vocabulary word cartouche, Geoffrey Bell writes:

I found the description of the word cartouche interesting. It wasn't the description I had understood for many years. I thought it referred to a silversmith's cartouche. They stamped their unique cartouche on medals, silver pieces and the like. Yes, each cartouche came in different shapes from rectangles to oblong. They often have a lion's head, a bust, a symbol to indicate dates and so on. A symbol might reflect a geographical area of the country like a thistle or whatever. I have seen NB for New Brunswick or NS for Nova Scotia as examples. Keep up the good work.

To read the original E-Sylum article, see: VOCABULARY WORD: CARTOUCHE (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v12n44a08.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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