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billon

[bil-uh n] /ˈbɪl ən/
noun
1.
an alloy used in coinage, consisting of gold or silver with a larger amount of base metal.
2.
an alloy of silver with copper or the like, used for coins of small denomination.
3.
any coin struck from such an alloy.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < French: debased metal, orig. ingot, equivalent to Middle French bille log (see billet2) + -on noun suffix
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billon

/ˈbɪlən/
noun
1.
an alloy consisting of gold or silver and a base metal, usually copper, used esp for coinage
2.
any coin made of such an alloy
Word Origin
C18: from Old French: ingot, from bille log; see billet²
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