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
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