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French numismatic terms and abbreviations

a.d. - to right (a droite)
a.g. - to left (a gauche)
aigle - eagle
aile - wing
anneau - ring
assis - seated
astre - star
au-dessous - below
au-dessus - above
autel - altar
av. - averse - obverse
avec - with

baguette - rod, staff
bandelette - strip (fillet, ribbon)
bas - low
bouclier - shield
bouquetin - wild goats or ibex
branche de laurier - laurel branch

cantonne-angled (objects at an angle)
carr creux - incuse square
casque - helmet
champ - field
cheval - horse
chouette - owl
coin - die
corne d'abondance - cornucopia
cornu - horned
ct - side
couronne - crown
criniere - mane
croissant - crescent
croix clche - voided cross
cygne - swan

dans - in
dans le champ - in the field
debout - standing
dernier - last, final
dessous - below
dessus- above
deux - two
devant - before
diadm(e) - diademed
dr. - obverse
drap - draped
dresse - stands
droite - right

effondr(e) - collapsed
gide - aegis (shield or short cloak)
en bas - below
entre - between
epi - ear (of grain)
pis - ears (of grain)
peron de navire-ram (prow) of ship
et - and
toile - star

fanon - (1) diadem end (2) wattle (folds of skin on throat)
favoris - sideburns
fer de lance - spearhead
fvrier - February
flambeau - torch
flambeau de course - race torch
flanque - flanks
fleur - flower
foudre - fulmen (thunderbolt)
fruste - rough (coin graded Poor to Fair)

grappe de raisin - bunch of grapes
grntis - beading (dot border)
gauche - left
graveur - engraver

haste - spear
haut - above

idem - same
imberbe - beardless
indiquant - showing
isiaque - Isis

javelot - javelin
joug - yoke

lance - spear
laurier - laurel

machoire - jaw
main - hand
mais - but
mais avec - but with
marchant - marching, walking
massue - club
mme(s) - same
Mg - engraver (Monnaie graveur)
Mm - mint master (Matre de la monnaie)
moindre - smaller (lesser)

ND - no date

ou - or

pans - diadem ends
pavot - poppy
pendent - fillet, ribbon
pieds - feet
plumb (pl.) - lead
printemps - spring
protom - forepart

quelquefois - sometimes

raisin - grapes
rayons - rays
recourb(e) - curved
roi - king
rv. - reverse

sa - his
sanglier - boar
sans - without
sceptres croiss - transverse scepters
soc de charrue - plow
son - his
sous - under
sur - on

tenant - holding
tte - head
trpied - tripod
tourel - turreted (wearing crown of city walls)

un, une - a

voir - see

Grading

F - fruste - Poor to Fair
trs bien conserve - G - Good
B - beau - VG - Very Good
TB - trs beau - F - Fine
TTB - trs trs beau - VF - Very Fine
TTB - trs trs beau - EF - Extremely Fine
SUP - superbe - nice EF to UNC - nice Extremely Fine to Uncirculated
FDC - Fleur de coin - FDC - Fleur de coin
FB - Flan bruni - Proof

flure du flan - flan crack
foure - plated
rogns - clipped
troue (tr.) - holed

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