from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Formed by hammering, stamping, or pressing: an incuse design on a coin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. hammered or pressed in (usually on a coin)
- n. an impression hammered or pressed (onto a coin)
- v. To hammer or press (usually onto a coin)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Cut or stamped in, or hollowed out by engraving.
- transitive v. To form, or mold, by striking or stamping, as a coin or medal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To impress by striking or stamping, as a coin.
- Hammered, stamped, or struck in; having a pattern impressed or stamped upon the surface.
- n. An impression; a stamp, as that on a coin made by the surface upon which the object rests to be struck by the die.
The $2.50 and $5 gold coins are the only US coins with "incuse" designs that are sunk into the surface rather than standing above it.
The incuse design, with devices and legends below the fields of the coin, promised to reduce wear on the features, but some thought the recessed areas would collect dirt and thus become a disease source.
All design features except the mintmarks are incuse, recessed below the field.
Dannreuther, in contrast, suggested that a central reason relates to the dies for the ‘incuse’ (sunken device) Indian Head Quarter Eagles and Half Eagles.
Dannreuther, in contrast, suggested that a central reason relates to the dies for the ‘incuse’ sunken device Indian Head Quarter Eagles and Half Eagles.
Diameter: ±23. 5 mm. 1795 edge labeled with TWO HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR. 1795-1797 edge plain, with some 1797 examples lettered or gripped (incuse pattern)
Diameter: ±23.5 mm. 1795 edge labeled with TWO HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR. 1795-1797 edge plain, with some 1797 examples lettered or gripped incuse pattern
In the early times the coining was done with a single die: the reverse of the blank metal was held fast by a peg, generally square, in the anvil, and so received its impress in the form of a quadrangular depression (incuse square); in time this square came to be adorned with lines, figures, and inscriptions.
The darics which have been discovered are thick pieces of pure hold, of archaic style, bearing on the obverse the figure of a king with bow and javelin or bow and dagger, and on the reverse an irregular incuse square.
The new designs were representative of the artistic vigor of the early 20th century that was displayed on U.S. coins, a group that along with Weinman’s dime included the Lincoln cent; the Indian Head (buffalo) nickel; Weinman’s Liberty Walking half dollar; the incuse Indian Head quarter eagle and half eagles, Saint-Gaudens’ Indian Head eagle and eponymous double eagle, and several commemorative issues such as the Panama-Pacific Exposition silver and gold pieces.