describing the piece. If the subject normally bears a beard, any portrait without this is termed unbearded (often of youthful monarchs before maturity, or Abraham Lincoln before 1861). It is at the cataloger’s discretion if he wishes to identify the type of beard on a coin or medal.
excerpted with permission from
For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators
COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY D. WAYNE JOHNSON
Roger W. Burdette, Editor