One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of a coin, sculpture, etc.: stamped or decorated with the figure of a quadriga. rare before 20th cent.
A coin stamped with the figure of a quadriga. Now rare.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Philemon Holland (1552–1637), translator. From classical Latin quadrīgātus (adjective) stamped with the figure of a four-horsed chariot, (noun) coin stamped with the figure of a four-horsed chariot from quadrīga + -ātus.
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