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Which term is more precise?  A Roman coin with lettering around the portrait has an
inscription
or a 
legend

I've seen both used. "Inscription" has some suggestion of being cut into, like inscriptions on stone monuments. "Legend" doesn't come up so soon among all the dictionary meanings; it seems to be used for coins, though. If you were designing a database with a field for the string of letters, which what you call the field?

Which term is "better"?  I solicit your opinion (and reasoning).
 

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7 hours ago, Valentinian said:

Which term is more precise?  A Roman coin with lettering around the portrait has an
inscription
or a 
legend

I've seen both used. "Inscription" has some suggestion of being cut into, like inscriptions on stone monuments. "Legend" doesn't come up so soon among all the dictionary meanings; it seems to be used for coins, though. If you were designing a database with a field for the string of letters, which what you call the field?

Which term is "better"?  I solicit your opinion (and reasoning).
 

"Inscription" seems more precise & doesn't have a dual meaning as Limes pointed out 🤔.

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