ex·ergue (ĕksûrg′, ĕgzûrg′)
A space on the reverse of a coin or medal, usually below the central design and often giving the date and place of engraving.
[French : Greek ex-, ex- + Greek ergon, work; see werg- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
(click for a larger image)exergue
reverse of a 1981 Italian 100 lire coin depicting the goddess Minerva holding an olive tree
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