Radiate, Radiant, Radiating
Radiate, Radiant, Radiating. Rays disseminating outward as a design element on a numismatic or medallic item indicating radiant light as from a sun, a nimbus or aureole. The rays extend outwards in all directions from a center point that is most always obscured by a design element, or outside the design entirely (as the sun above the view shown as the design). A radiant design usually fills a large segment of the design, although it is often in the background. See rays.
excerpted with permission from
For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators
COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY D. WAYNE JOHNSON
Roger W. Burdette, Editor