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Representative View

Representative View.  A view more symbolic than actual; said of a numismatic piece the designer or engraver obviously had not seen in person (or by photograph). An approximation of the object or scene depicted; often grossly distorted. The United States Capitol is depicted on the reverse of a Harrison and Morton Inaugural Medal (DeWitt BH 1888-11) in which the building no way resembles the actual Capitol. The word "representation" – what is shown on a coin or medal – was used in early numismatic catalogs; it is considered unnecessary or redundant in modern describing and cataloging.

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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