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Specimen

Specimen.  (1) A sample piece; when the word is stamped into a numismatic or medallic item it means it was not issued but used in some other way (as a manufacturer's sample, say, to show prospective clients). Decorations supplied for, say, an exhibit are so marked to indicate the item was unissued, not issued to a recipient.

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


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