Herman Blanton writes:
We had an article with an excellent description of a chronogram in the Numismatics International magazine the NI Bulletin for July / August 2015. Readers interested in Numismatics International may reference the website numis.org.
The article is "The Wedding Medal of Emperor Leopold I and Eleonore" by Paul Oostervink. The medal has a chronogram and the article well explains it. The article is on pp. 108-112 at the Newman Portal link below. I think you'll find the images beautiful.
Thanks for the great reference! Here's a very short excerpt. -Editor
This medal was struck to celebrate their wedding in 1676; today it resides in the coin cabinet of the KHM in Vienna. The medallist was Johann Permann.
(Leopold I and Eleonore, the illustrious newly-married emperors)
(Resolute and yet majestic, thoughtful and dedicated)
Detecting the hidden date (chronogram) in the reverse legend:
In the legend on the reverse there is a hidden number, composed of letters that can represent a value in Roman numerals. They are easily found as they appear in larger type size. The reverse order rule discussed above (deducting small numbers which appear before large numbers) does not apply. All letter-numbers are added together. If V comes before L, it is not 45 (L-V) but 55 (V +L).
To read the complete article, see:
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
VOCABULARY TERM: CHRONOGRAM (https://www.coinbooks.org/v22/esylum_v22n08a17.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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