One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An impression hammered or stamped on a coin.
- ‘Pennsylvania marks are a coarse incuse or zig-zag border that speak of handmade stamps, and are often large (onequarter inch or more).’
- ‘Smaller coin has one square incuse and larger coin has two square incuses on obverse and rough surface on reverse.’
- ‘Although the reverse sides of these coin still have only the simple incuses, the frontal sides have diversified designs which symbolize the city the coin was issued.’
Mark (a coin) with a figure by impressing it with a stamp.
- ‘The master hub was raised or incused, because the metal was removed to leave the design of the galvano.’
- ‘Since the image is raised on the coin adhering to the die, the image on the brockage is incused and reversed - a true mirror image.’
- ‘The Diamonds around the rim are incused into the chip rim for the true professional look.’
Early 19th century: from Latin incusus ‘forged with a hammer’, past participle of incudere, from in- ‘into’ + cudere ‘to forge’.
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