Emblem. (2) A small symbolic subsidiary device, a logo, seal or trademark as part of a coin or medal design. An emblem is not the full device (unless it is the only design to occupy the entire side) but is usually smaller and subsidiary to the device. The emblem identifies some sponsor, organization, agency or group associated with the issue of the coin or medal. Examples include the presidential seal on an Inaugural medal, or the five-ring Olympic logo on an Olympic coin.
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For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators
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