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seigniorage

[seen-yer-ij] /ˈsin yər ɪdʒ/
noun
1.
something claimed by a sovereign or superior as a prerogative.
2.
a charge on bullion brought to the mint to be coined.
3.
the difference between the cost of the bullion plus minting expenses and the value as money of the pieces coined, constituting a source of government revenue.
Also, seignorage.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English seigneurage < Middle French seignorage, seigneurage; see seigneur, -age
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British Dictionary definitions for seignorage

seigniorage

/ˈseɪnjərɪdʒ/
noun
1.
something claimed by a sovereign or superior as a prerogative, right, or due
2.
a fee payable to a government for coining bullion
3.
the difference in value between the cost of bullion and the face value of the coin made from it
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Word Origin and History for seignorage

seigniorage

n.

mid-15c., from Old French seignorage, from seignor (see seignior).

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