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siege piece

a piece of gold or silver stamped as provisional legal tender in a besieged area.
Also called obsidional coin.
Origin of siege piece
1730-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The near gun is a 32-pounder navy; the far one, a 24-pounder siege-piece.

    The Civil War Through the Camera Henry W. (Henry William) Elson
  • Shot and shell struck the engine, the iron penthouse roof over the siege-piece, the flat car, the bridge itself.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston

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