Center Dot. A typographical element, a point which separates words and elements in lettering; a stop in a long inscription or legend which acts as a punctuation mark. They are usually applied with a punch if the lettering is so created during hand engraving of the die, or modelled if pantographically reduced. It is not a boss formed from the leg of a compass used to lay out arcs on a die, this is a CENTER POINT (q.v.).
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