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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Exergue \Ex*ergue"\, n. [F., fr. Gr. ? out + ? work; lit., out work, i. e., accessory work. See Work.] (Numis.) The small space beneath the base line of a subject engraved on a coin or medal. It usually contains the date, place, engraver's name, etc., or other subsidiary matter. --Fairholt. [1913 Webster]