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From: Debra MacLaughlan-Dumes <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] What is the name for this?
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2012 13:40:18 -0800
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On Feb 6, 2012, at 1:34 PM, Laurie Huey wrote:

> I imagine it has one. What is the name for the symbol(?) AD (Anno
> Domini) that was on my 5X great grandfather-in-law's grave marker? It's
> like the one in this photo
>
> http://image1.findagrave.com/photos/2011/95/60765076_130210235887.jpg
>
> where the A and D have become one sharing their respective right and
> left parts.

It's called an AD ligature, or just a ligature. In older typography you see this occasionally with other letter combinations such as st.

Regards,
D.L. MacLaughlan-Dumes
http://sakionline.net/familypage




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