Bruce Smith writes:
I have a question for E-Sylum's resident
wordmasters. When a coin or medal has an inscription running in
the border or near the edge of the flan, the bottoms of all the
letters may point inward, OR they may point outward, OR the top
inscription may have the letters pointing inward and the bottom
inscription will have the letters pointing outward. Is there a
term for these different orientations?
You know, that's a GREAT question! I looked
thru our recent E-Sylum images to illustrate the three
types. And so what are these different alignments called, anyway
- is there a name or standard for this? Interesting.
Smith Type 1: all inscriptions point inward
Smith Type 2: all inscriptions point outward
Smith Type 3: top inscription inward, bottom inscription
Wayne Homren, Editor
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