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reverse of a 1981 Italian 100 lire coin depicting the goddess Minerva holding an olive tree
A space on the reverse of a coin or medal, usually below the central design and often giving the date and place of engraving.
(Currencies) a space on the reverse of a coin or medal below the central design, often containing the date, place of minting, etc
[C17: from French, from Medieval Latin exergum, from Greek ex outside + ergon work]
ex•ergue(ɪgˈzɜrg, ˈɛk sɜrg, ˈɛg zɜrg)
the space below the device on a coin or medal.
[1690–1700; < French, appar. < New Latin exergum < Greek ex- ex-3 + érgon work]