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Acanthus Leaf

Acanthus Leaf. An ornamental leaf known for its highly crenulated or saw-toothed edges. Infrequently used in medallic design, the distinctive leaf of the acanthus plant (genera acanthaceae) is widely employed in architecture and used extensively in the design of Corinthian capitals. The acanthus leaf is symbolic of support and strength (because of its architectural use); it is less widely used in medallic design than the laurel or ivy leaf (both symbolic of victory), oak leaf (symbolic of merit), corn or wheat (symbolic of abundance). An undated Acanthus Leaf Plaquette was issued (circa 1910) by Jno. Williams Inc., a bronze and iron works of New York City. See wreaths.

References: CLASS 02.8

S5 {1974} Stafford and Ware, p 17.


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Source: D. Wayne Johnson Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Technology
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