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Annulet, Annulus

Annulet, Annulus.  A circular ring formed of a raised line; or the circular panel within such a ring. An annulus is a large ring like the LINEAR CIRCLE in a border (usually of several elements), often called an outer circlet. An annulet is a smaller ring, which can appear anywhere in a medallic design. Both form a frame for whatever design is placed within the circle. Often a center emblem (or badge center) will be placed in such a circular ring, called an inner circlet, which forms a frame around the center emblem. A tiny circular ring or annulet as a focus for drilling a hole or placing a jewel is called a limiting guide. Any tiny circular design, even as a mintmark is an annulet (as the annulet coinage of England's Henry VI).  See panel

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An Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Technology

For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators


Roger W. Burdette, Editor

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