What is it called when a letter is within another letter? For example, the letter O within the letter L:
Edit: Or the first C in the Coca-Cola logo:
Does this arrangement of type have a name?
I think the word you are looking for may be kerning, but it isn’t quite clear from so small a sample. I can’t tell whether that is just a superscripted o or a drop capital L and a regular o, but in either case the o is kerned into the space of the L.
Edit: Your logo example is definitely an example of aggressive kerning. Consider these two examples, the first tightly kerned, the second not so:
Notice how the second one above now actually looks wrong, as though it had spurious spaces in it; it’s like this xkcd lesson:
In extreme cases, aggressive kerning can in many cases become actual ligatures; notice all the letters here that actually touch:
Or they can so tighten up with a combination of special kerning and even an occasional ligature so to become a sort of stylized symbol:
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The first is a case of kerned drop cap.
The second is apparently an artwork (custom) and not a typographic symbol.
Trademarks, especially, are custom designed artwork that can be purposely different from standard typography.
The two do not fit into a single class.