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Scutiform.  A shield-shaped item; in numismatics a medallic item in the form of a shield. A shield often appears on coins and medals as an escutcheon, part of a heraldry design as a coat of arms.  See heraldry, unusual shape.

Scyphate.  A saucer-shaped coin. First struck in Byzantium about 1000 A.D. in gold, then in other metals. Despite the impracticality of the piece – it would not stack and the convex side wore moreso than flat coins – the practice continued for 300 years. It is believed, for example, that Constantine IX (1042-1055) struck heavy scyphate gold coins to distinguish them from lighter gold coins then circulating, as scyphate never replaced flat coins. The term scyphate means "cup-shaped," however for coins it is more like a saucer.  Compare cupping.

Reference:                                                                                                                            CLASS 11.4

NE42 {1982} Doty, p 293.

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An Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Technology

For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators


Roger W. Burdette, Editor

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