Idealized. A fictional or imaginative illustration; a design created without actually having seen the person or object portrayed (or a photograph thereof). The designer attempted to make a representative or ideal likeness and often succeeds (but occasionally does not). An example is the United States Capitol depicted on the reverse of a Harrison and Morton Inaugural Medal (DeWitt BH 1888-11). The building illustrated has wings greater than ever intended on the actual structure. See representative view.
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