Authorized. Made for and issued by proper authority. The organization – public or private – which is indicated as the sponsor or issuer is, in fact, the proper issuing authority. Often for a coin or medal this is verified by the presence of a seal, logo or trademark of the sponsor within the design. See official.
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