Bezel. A frame for holding a coin or medal, as a jewelry item like a pendant. The term comes from the jewelry field where a bezel holds a gem like on the top of a finger ring. Bezels or frames encircle the numismatic item and contain a loop to attach to a chain or necklace. It makes a pendant out of a coin or medal; by using one of these a hole does not have to be drilled into the item to be worn. The jewelry field supplies a wide variety of bezels to contain the most popular diameter coin denominations (silver dollar, gold pieces and such). See mounting.
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