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Appurtenance

Appurtenance.  An accessory of a medallic item, a separate or supplemental part of a medal, as a hanger, bar, ribbon, clasp, ring or such, a component, as of a decoration. An appurtenance is not an integral part of a medallic item, that is, it is not part of the die and struck at the same time with the medallic item, but is manufactured separately and later assembled.  See suspension.

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


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