(Australian or New Zealand $1 or $2 coin): From the golden appearance of these coins, which are in fact varieties of bronze.
gold coin (plural gold coins)
- Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see gold, coin.
- (Australia, New Zealand, informal) A one-dollar or two-dollar coin.
1995 November 9, Adam C. Schofield, “Children's Bookroom...”, in aus.education, Usenet:
TIME... 7:30 PM
ADMISSION BY GOLD COIN.
1998 July 11, Wayne Roberts, “10 Days to Go to Bi Con.”, in alt.personals.bi, Usenet:
Entry is with a gold coin donation.
2003 July 25, Rossco, “Music”, in aus.hi-fi, Usenet:
And where was the wine and cheese. For a gold coin entry fee we could of at least expected some coon and a cask of something nasty!!!