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Low Relief

Low Relief.  Bas-relief; raised design no part of which is detached from the background or field, nor is any undercutting present. Low relief models can be pantographically reduced and cut into dies which can strike coins and medals by any process, particularly high-speed coining. Low relief for coining, also called stiacciato, has such a very narrow range of relief that on an oversize model this may be 1/32nd of an inch or less. Often in low relief there are no sides to the relief (but there must be a bevel or taper on all design and lettering).  See relief.

excerpted with permission from

An Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Technology

For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators


Roger W. Burdette, Editor

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