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gold certificate

a former U.S. paper currency issued by the federal government for circulation from 1865 to 1933, equal to and redeemable for gold to a stated value.
Origin of gold certificate
An Americanism dating back to 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for gold certificate
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  • We are so pleased with the "gold certificate," it proves you are doing your best.

    Bolax Josephine Culpeper
  • A silver certificate for $1,000 weighs no more than a gold certificate for the same amount.

    Money John P. Jones
  • "But for that I would never have this back," and he put into his pocket the green and gold certificate.

  • From the point of view of cover, the gold certificate is completely inelastic.

    Readings in Money and Banking

    Chester Arthur Phillips
  • Again the roll of bills came out and another $20 gold certificate was gathered in by Officer 666, who grinned as he took it.

    Officer 666 Barton W. Currie
British Dictionary definitions for gold certificate

gold certificate

noun (in the US)
a currency note issued exclusively to the Federal Reserve Banks by the US Treasury. It forms a claim on gold reserves deposited by the Federal Reserve Banks at the Treasury and is used to transfer interbank balances within the Federal Reserve System
Also called gold note. (formerly) a banknote issued by the US Treasury to the public and redeemable in gold
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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