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coin of the realm

Definition of coin of the realm

  1. 1 :  the legal money of a country

  2. 2 :  something valued or used as if it were money in a particular sphere <information is the coin of the realm in the capital — Eloise Salholz et al.>



1816

First Known Use of coin of the realm

1816


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