Angles. The areas between the arms of a cross, often where other design elements are located. On decorations, rays or eagles are often placed in the angles. In heraldry the areas are called cantons; there are four such cantons created by a cross.
excerpted with permission from
An Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Technology
For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators
COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY D. WAYNE JOHNSON
Roger W. Burdette, Editor