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Maker’s Mark

Maker’s Mark.  A name, monogram, signature, symbol or other identifying mark

to identify the artist or manufacturer who created a particular piece. While the forms of maker’s marks are varied, the location is fairly standard – lower portions near rims or edges. Some parts of hallmarking are maker’s marks, as well as name punches, edge lettering, mintmarks, disks and such. Artists have signed their works for centuries – a name in full, initials, or an identifying symbol. Manufacturers, striker, caster, foundry, mints, all may have logos, symbols or letters placed on their products. See disk; monogram; signature; mintmark; hallmark and hallmarking; touch, touchmark; edge lettering; punch, pencheon (1).


NE42 {1982} Doty, p 204-205.

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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