Definition of coinage in English:



mass noun
  • 1Coins collectively.

    ‘the volume of coinage in circulation’
    • ‘This hiatus in material culture and of the circulation of low-value coinage, both critical to the dating of archaeological deposits, has led some interpretations of site histories to argue for gaps in occupation in the third century.’
    • ‘Market places have existed since that time, and coinage has been in circulation among urban people for 2500 years.’
    • ‘A later caliph, Abd al-Malik, strengthened the organization of the empire, making Arabic the official language of government and replacing Byzantine and Sassanian coinage with coins with Arabic inscriptions.’
    • ‘The conspirators were supported by the French, and even though the raid on the Exchequer failed, considerable quantities of forged coinage were smuggled into England and put into circulation to disrupt the financial system.’
    • ‘Be that as it may, after the barbarian invasion there was no authority to re-introduce gold coinage that would circulate.’
    • ‘He also attempted to fine tune the money supply with mintage of new gold coinage and adulterated silver coins.’
    • ‘I have four shillings of imperial coinage in a little commemorative velvet drawstring bag with a printed label.’
    • ‘Apart from providing the UK's coinage, Royal Mint also produces some of the world's finest coins and provides coinage for more than 100 countries.’
    • ‘When asked to explain the morality of charges for other essential banking services such as standing orders, reminder letters and changing bags of loose coinage, he declined to answer.’
    • ‘By the fourth century they were one of only four nations in the world, along with Rome, Persia, and the Kushan Kingdom in northern India, to issue gold coinage.’
    • ‘It is possible, as Richard Brickstock of Durham University has suggested, that the civilian population of the area hoarded small coinage to buy gold, against a future requirement to pay taxes in gold.’
    • ‘The grant of a patent in 1723 to the Birmingham ironmaster William Wood, to produce copper coinage for Ireland, raised an outcry in the Dublin press, and violent popular demonstrations.’
    • ‘Significant quantities are still used in jewelry, silver ware, and coinage; but even larger amounts are consumed by the photographic and electronics industries.’
    • ‘Commercial development had encouraged the localized minting of silver in the Irish Sea region from the late tenth century, but the circulation of Hiberno-Norse coinage was restricted to eastern Ireland and other coastal parts.’
    • ‘The amount of gold coinage issued annually in Britain, France, and the USA increased nearly six-fold in the early 1850s, and the amount of paper money securely backed by gold also multiplied.’
    • ‘The weight of the copper coinage is incredible so no fear of sneak thieves running off with it!’
    • ‘His monetary analysis is hopelessly contaminated by the attempt to explain the variations in the relative value of the copper, silver and gold coinage by a political sociology.’
    • ‘Coinage in both England and Francia was used as a means of affirming royal authority, though the volume of production of early medieval coinage is still in question.’
    • ‘Best known as the maker of the state's first coinage, issuing shillings, sixpence, and threepence silver coins in 1783, Chalmers's marked domestic silver is exceedingly rare.’
    • ‘The fall in silver imports lead to the government minting copper coinage called vellon. 1599 to 1620 saw two decades of vellon production.’
    coins, coin of the realm, change, loose change, small change, silver, copper, coppers, gold
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    1. 1.1 The action or process of producing coins from metal.
      ‘the controller of the coinage of tin’
      • ‘Metals like silver, nickel and gold are a perfect medium for coinage because of their durability and the value accorded by their relative rarity.’
      • ‘Acquiring gold and silver was vital for coinage and, in the late Empire, for official payments in plate and ingots.’
      • ‘The point is that Fekete's plan calls for opening up the U.S. Mint for coinage of both gold and silver coins as the Founders intended.’
      • ‘In 1896, the Democratic party coopted an aspect of the Populists' financial program, the free and unlimited coinage of silver, on behalf of the candidacy of William Jennings Bryan.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, by the eighth century, royal control of coinage is clear.’
      • ‘Strong points or burghs were constructed; control of coinage established; a navy created, and the kingdom divided up into shires and hundreds.’
      • ‘Its platform called for the free coinage of silver and plenty of paper money.’
      • ‘Though Norman dukes controlled the coinage in their domain, no new coins had been minted since the time of William's grandfather.’
      • ‘In the 1890s the Populist movement demanded stronger government intervention into the economy, including the free and unlimited coinage of silver at a ratio of sixteen to one.’
      • ‘It can be effected by opening the U.S. Mint to the free and unlimited coinage of gold, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution.’
      • ‘The gold standard divided the party, as 24 Western delegates staged a walk out when the GOP refused to accept the unlimited coinage of gold and silver.’
    2. 1.2count noun A system or type of coins in use.
      ‘decimal coinage’
      • ‘Britain abandoned silver coinage in 1947, after more than two millennia.’
      • ‘He also is the artist for George Washington's Inaugural Centennial Medal, and was asked by Theodore Roosevelt to redesign the U.S. gold coinage.’
      • ‘Before 1971, the primary coinage had 20 pence equal to one shilling.’
      • ‘It took until Edgar's standardizing reform of 973 to convert these semi-independent regional coinages into something approaching a national currency.’
      • ‘Offsetting the lift in the proposed new funding agreement will be substantial savings accruing from the modernisation of the silver coinage, as well as some smaller efficiency gains.’
      • ‘In 1867 Paris convened an international monetary conference that voted unanimously in favor of a universal coinage building on the LMU-franc system.’
      • ‘In c.973 Eadgar designed a new coinage of pennies, which was regularly renewed and remained the basis of the English currency until long after the Conquest.’
      • ‘This was a complicated procedure because there were so many separate political entities, from city-states to empires, each having its own coinage with different weights and different contents of precious metal.’
      • ‘There was usually a fixed rate of exchange between the two coinages, though this was upset when opium poured in and silver flowed out, causing a scarcity of the latter.’
      • ‘After the civil war in the 1920s a committee was established under the chairmanship of WB Yeats to mint a coinage fit for a country newly independent for the UK.’
      • ‘He became a senator of the Irish Free State in 1922, chairing the committee on the new Irish coinage, and later causing a controversy with his defence of divorce in June 1925.’
      • ‘Louis's coinage may not have influenced the architects of the Euro whose notes and coins began to circulate in January 2002, but this was still a remarkable achievement by this unappreciated Carolingian emperor.’
      • ‘Trade Viticulture was also important to the economy of many cities, as is shown by the number of states whose coinage bears wine-related designs.’
      • ‘He came to the throne rich and bequeathed debts, a corrupt coinage, and roaring inflation; much of the newly acquired land was sold to the gentry and aristocracy by his death.’
      • ‘Its empire instead consisted in commerce, particularly through the control that Venetian coinage exerted over international trade.’
      • ‘Athelstan, the forceful grandson of Alfred, was the first to impose a unified coinage, which depicted him as the first English king to wear a crown.’
      • ‘A new coinage, based on the denarius, was introduced in 211.’
      • ‘In the 750s, Pepin assumed the kingship of the Franks and introduced a completely new silver coinage, using the Latin term ‘denarius’.’
      • ‘It is no wonder that the Carolingian clerics, who were the spin doctors of their day, drew attention to the parallels, which are also manifest in Louis's coinage.’
  • 2The invention of a new word or phrase.

    ‘the word is of Derrida's own coinage’
    • ‘‘Psychedelic’ is truly a great word, the coinage of genius.’
    • ‘Not only is the phrase versus populum of very late coinage; it does not mean what its champions claim it does.’
    • ‘Gould has written many times about his coinage of the term ‘symphonette.’’
    • ‘This kind of coinage and derivation is a typical process in the creative evolution of language, and is exactly the sort of thing that snoots like to deprecate.]’
    • ‘The coinage and use of compound words often follow a pattern of development in texts and social situations, usually a sequence that reinforces certain usages and may precipitate others.’
    • ‘His learned coinage of the phrase fides levata - a convincing but altogether fictional Latin term - would contribute to the overwhelming success of Panofsky's account.’
    innovation, origination, creation, design, contraption, contrivance, construction, device, gadget, apparatus, machine
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    1. 2.1count noun A newly invented word or phrase.
      ‘the recent coinage ‘Eurointellectuals’’
      • ‘Probably more interesting is Shakespeare's inventiveness with noun-verb coinages.’
      • ‘The alleged distinction between tsaritsa and tsarina does not exist: the latter term is not a Russian word at all, but a west European coinage.’
      • ‘Over-governed is a recent coinage, normally referring in Britain to regional assemblies or Europe.’
      • ‘Though the term is a fairly recent coinage, what it indicates is something familiar to all.’
      • ‘The Telegraph reports on the publication of a new dictionary of Italian neologisms (2006 parole nuove by Valeria Della Valle and Giovanni Adamo), which includes dozens of coinages based on the names of political leaders.’
      • ‘H. L. Mencken, in his explorations into American linguistic usages once pointed out that ‘to get religion’ was an American coinage.’
      • ‘Although they could tell me factual things about their lives, their language was peppered with new, idiosyncratic word coinages, peculiar misusages of phrases and illogical connection between ideas.’
      • ‘Always the playful neologist (pertussion is his coinage from the technical term for whooping cough, pertussis), Wallace has lately become a professor of literature.’
      • ‘This is not only an imaginative coinage, it is also more accurate than the English word, since computers are rarely asked to compute.’
      • ‘Robot is a word that is both a coinage by an individual person and a borrowing.’
      • ‘This means that the essence of European civilization is what Brague calls, in another of his coinages, ‘secondarity.’’
      • ‘The word universal appears to be an Aristotelian coinage.’
      • ‘The term ‘bling’ - the new slang coinage for the flash of all those carats - has even (for better or for worse) passed into the language.’
      • ‘Robin Red-breast was just another of these coinages, used since about 1450 to name a commonplace bird.’
      • ‘The website, where you can register newly coined words, accepted the coinage by a journalist based at Muvattupuzha.’
      • ‘Even the once telling catchphrase that he had ‘something of the night’ about him is unstable - already new coinages are appearing, ‘something of the nice’ is just the most recent.’
      • ‘The growth of electronics and communication mediated by computers has given rise to great numbers of coinages, many of them fleeting, all seeking to describe the adaptation of such techniques to some aspect of daily life.’
      • ‘New coinages appear literally on a weekly basis, nobody appears to have real input on the appropriateness of new words or on their usefulness, especially when it comes to jargon.’
      • ‘Indeed, the very term ‘human resources’ (like ‘human capital’) was a coinage of the utilitarian consensus.’


Late Middle English: from Old French coigniage, from coignier ‘to mint’ (see coin).