1. Home

Incuse – A Definition of Incuse

By

Definition: Incuse is where the devices or lettering on a coin are sunken below the field of the coin. Most coins today use relief (see bas-relief) where the devices and designs rise above the field of the coin..
Alternate Spellings: Incused
Examples:
The Indian Head $2.50 gold coin (1908-1929) has incused lettering and devices.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.