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The E-Sylum: Volume 17, Number 37, September 7, 2014, Article 21

QUERY: INSCRIPTION ORIENTATIONS

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. -Editor

03444y00 Kopie
Smith Type 1: all inscriptions point inward

Czech Krystof Harant coin reverse
Smith Type 2: all inscriptions point outward

1861-O Half Dollar
Smith Type 3: top inscription inward, bottom inscription outward


Wayne Homren, Editor

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