Meaning of incuse in English:


Pronunciation /ɪnˈkjuːz/


  • An impression hammered or stamped on a coin.

    ‘Pennsylvania marks are a coarse incuse or zig-zag border that speak of handmade stamps, and are often large (onequarter inch or more).’
    • ‘Smaller coin has one square incuse and larger coin has two square incuses on obverse and rough surface on reverse.’
    • ‘Although the reverse sides of these coin still have only the simple incuses, the frontal sides have diversified designs which symbolize the city the coin was issued.’


[with object]
  • Mark (a coin) with a figure by impressing it with a stamp.

    ‘The master hub was raised or incused, because the metal was removed to leave the design of the galvano.’
    • ‘The Diamonds around the rim are incused into the chip rim for the true professional look.’
    • ‘Since the image is raised on the coin adhering to the die, the image on the brockage is incused and reversed - a true mirror image.’


Early 19th century from Latin incusus ‘forged with a hammer’, past participle of incudere, from in- ‘into’ + cudere ‘to forge’.