rix-dollar

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From obsolete Dutch rijcksdaler, cognate to German Reichsthaler and to the English words riche and dollar.[1]

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rix-dollar (plural rix-dollars)

  1. (historical) A silver coin and money of account in use from the late-16th to the mid-19th centuries in the European Teutonic countries and their imperial trading networks.[1]
    • 1803: [Author Unknown], Medical Journal — Volume IX, p539
      At all other times they would receive the regular salary of thirty rix-dollars monthly.
  2. (historical) A unit of currency introduced into certain former European colonies such as Cape Province and Ceylon.[1]
    • 1962: Robert Andrew Glendinning Carson, Coins: ancient, mediaeval & modern, p533
      The Dutch monetary system of a rix-dollar or rijksdaalder of 48 stuiver was continued [in Cape Province] by the British in the early nineteenth century.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 The Oxford English Dictionary (2007)
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