Exergue meaning

ĕk'sûrg', ĕg'zûrg'
A space on the reverse of a coin or medal, usually below the central design and often giving the date and place of engraving.
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The space on a coin or medal below or around the pictures or designs, often used for the date, place, etc.
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The inscription in this space.
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(numismatics) A space beneath the main design on a coin for the insertion of the date.
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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