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countermark

noun coun·ter·mark

Definition of countermark

1 :an added mark designed to secure greater safety or more complete identification:
a :a mark put on a package of goods belonging to several persons to show that it may not be opened except in the presence of all
b :a hallmark added to that of the artificer of gold or silver work
2 :an artificial cavity formerly made in the teeth of horses to disguise their age — compare 3bishop
3 a :a mark on a coin that is not part of the original design but that has been added as indication of a change in the coin's value, in its issuing authority, or in its country of circulation
  • The 18 stiver coin of St. Martin issued in 1809 shows a bundle of arrows as countermark.
b :a mark on a coin added as attestation of purity or standard value :chop mark

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Origin and Etymology of countermark

translation of Middle French contremarque


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countermark

transitive verb

Definition of countermark

:to apply a countermark to
  • countermark silverware
  • Coins were countermarked with a “V”.

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Origin and Etymology of countermark

translation of French contremarquer


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