A space on the reverse of a coin or medal, usually below the central design and often giving the date and place of engraving.
The space on a coin or medal below or around the pictures or designs, often used for the date, place, etc.
The inscription in this space.
Origin of exergue
- French Greek ex- ex- Greek ergon work werg- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition