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coinage

[koi-nij] /ˈkɔɪ nɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the act, process, or right of making coins.
2.
the categories, types, or quantity of coins issued by a nation.
3.
coins collectively; currency.
4.
the act or process of inventing words; neologizing.
5.
an invented or newly created word or phrase:
“Ecdysiast” is a coinage of H. L. Mencken.
6.
anything made, invented, or fabricated.
Origin of coinage
1350-1400
First recorded in 1350-1400; Middle English word from Middle French word coignaige. See coin, -age
Related forms
miscoinage, noun
noncoinage, noun
recoinage, noun
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  • Now a mint was set up in Eden Vale, and the coinage underwent a reform.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • Then he has mines of silver and copper, and the King has given him the care of the coinage.

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
  • It was, indeed, a realm where this coinage did not circulate.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • There's many a coinage costlier than ever the mint fashioned; he may requite me thus.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • The money, the coinage, perhaps, is the great reminder after all.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • I found that almost any coinage was useful for purchasing in the market-places.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • From the conquest up to the year 1857 there was no Philippine coinage.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
British Dictionary definitions for coinage

coinage

/ˈkɔɪnɪdʒ/
noun
1.
coins collectively
2.
the act of striking coins
3.
the currency of a country
4.
the act of inventing something, esp a word or phrase
5.
a newly invented word, phrase, usage, etc
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Word Origin and History for coinage
n.

late 14c., "currency, money," from Old French coignage, from coignier "to coin" (see coin (n.)). Meaning "act or proces of coining money" is from early 15c.; sense "deliberate formation of a new word" is from 1690s, from a general sense of "something invented" (c.1600).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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