1. A quoin; a corner or external angle; a wedge. See Coigne, and Quoin.
2. A piece of metal on which certain characters are stamped by government authority, making it legally current as money; -- much used in a collective sense.
It is alleged that it [a subsidy] exceeded all the current coin of the realm. --Hallam.
3. That which serves for payment or recompense.
The loss of present advantage to flesh and blood is repaid in a nobler coin. --Hammond.
Coin balance. See Illust. of Balance.
To pay one in his own coin, to return to one the same kind of injury or ill treatment as has been received from him. [Colloq.]
Coin, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Coined p. pr. & vb. n. Coining.]
1. To make of a definite fineness, and convert into coins, as a mass of metal; to mint; to manufacture; as, to coin silver dollars; to coin a medal.
2. To make or fabricate; to invent; to originate; as, to coin a word.
Some tale, some new pretense, he daily coined,
To soothe his sister and delude her mind. --Dryden.
3. To acquire rapidly, as money; to make.
Tenants cannot coin rent just at quarter day. --Locke.
Coin, v. i. To manufacture counterfeit money.
They cannot touch me for coining. --Shak.
n : a metal piece (usually a disc) used as money
v 1: of phrases or words
2: form by stamping, punching, or printing; "strike coins";
"strike a medal" [syn: mint, strike]
Before the Exile the Jews had no regularly stamped money. They
made use of uncoined shekels or talents of silver, which they
weighed out (Gen. 23:16; Ex. 38:24; 2 Sam. 18:12). Probably the
silver ingots used in the time of Abraham may have been of a
fixed weight, which was in some way indicated on them. The
"pieces of silver" paid by Abimelech to Abraham (Gen. 20:16),
and those also for which Joseph was sold (37:28), were proably
in the form of rings. The shekel was the common standard of
weight and value among the Hebrews down to the time of the
Captivity. Only once is a shekel of gold mentioned (1 Chr.
21:25). The "six thousand of gold" mentioned in the transaction
between Naaman and Gehazi (2 Kings 5:5) were probably so many
shekels of gold. The "piece of money" mentioned in Job 42:11;
Gen. 33:19 (marg., "lambs") was the Hebrew _kesitah_, probably
an uncoined piece of silver of a certain weight in the form of a
sheep or lamb, or perhaps having on it such an impression. The
same Hebrew word is used in Josh. 24:32, which is rendered by
Wickliffe "an hundred yonge scheep."