Countermark

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Countermark A mark or token added to those already existing, in order to afford security or proof; as, an additional or special mark put upon a package of goods belonging to several persons, that it may not be opened except in the presence of all; a mark added to that of an artificer of gold or silver work by the Goldsmiths' Company of London, to attest the standard quality of the gold or silver; a mark added to an ancient coin or medal, to show either its change of value or that it was taken from an enemy.
    • Countermark (Far) An artificial cavity made in the teeth of horses that have outgrown their natural mark, to disguise their age.
    • v. t Countermark koun`tẽr*märk" To apply a countermark to; as, to countermark silverware; to countermark a horse's teeth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n countermark A mark or token added to a mark or marks already existing for greater security or more sure identification, as a second or third mark put on a bale of goods belonging to several merchants, that it may be opened only in the presence of all the owners; specifically, the mark of the Goldsmiths' Company of London, added to that of the artificer, to show the metal to be standard.
    • n countermark A small device, inscription, or numeral, stamped upon a coin subsequent to its issue from the mint. Such marks are found on coins of all periods, and have generally been added in order to alter the original value of the coin or to give it currency in a foreign country.
    • n countermark An artificial cavity made in the teeth of horses that have outgrown their natural mark, to disguise their age.
    • countermark To add a countermark to, in any sense of t hat word.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Countermark an additional mark put on a bale of goods belonging to several merchants, so that it may not be opened except in the presence of all the owners: a mark put on standard metal by the London Goldsmiths' Company in addition to the artificer's: an artificial cavity made in the teeth of horses to disguise their age
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. contra, against.

Usage

In literature:

Countermarks on Haman coin, 327.
"Notes & Queries, Volume 2, May-December, 1850, Index" by Various
It is found on Assyrian coins, and also as a countermark on coins of Alexander, B. C. 333 to 323.
"The Swastika" by Thomas Wilson
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