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subsidiary coin

noun
  1. a coin, especially one made of silver, having a value less than that of the monetary unit.
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Compare minor coin.

Origin of subsidiary coin

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for subsidiary coin

subsidiary coin

noun
  1. a coin of denomination smaller than that of the standard monetary unit
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