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fractional currency

coins or paper money of a smaller denomination than the basic monetary unit.
Origin of fractional currency
An Americanism dating back to 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They generally reap a harvest of pennies and fractional currency.

  • The air was full of fractional currency when he came to the halves and quarters.

    Roads of Destiny

    O. Henry
  • "Fifty cents on the deuce; 50 cents on the five," said Shorty, laying down the fractional currency.

  • "Another contribution to the charity fund," he continued, looking down at the bunch of bills and fractional currency in his hands.

  • He opened the first bank in Stillwater when fractional currency was in demand.

    Fifty Years In The Northwest William Henry Carman Folsom
  • Of the fifteen millions of fractional currency still outstanding, only about eighty thousand has been redeemed the past year.

  • It is frequently difficult in this market to effect change, especially in small sales, for the want of fractional currency.

    Industrial Cuba Robert P. Porter
  • I bought twenty-five dollars, face value, in twenty-five cent fractional currency very well done.

    Between the Lines

    Henry Bascom Smith
  • So Mother emptied the tin box into her lap, with a great jingle of pennies and rustling of fractional currency.

    Not Quite Eighteen Susan Coolidge
  • The experienced operator immediately placed the fractional currency where it might not tempt the child to change her mind.

British Dictionary definitions for fractional currency

fractional currency

paper or metal money of smaller denomination than the standard monetary unit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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