Gresham's law


Gresh·​am's law ˈgre-shəmz- How to pronounce Gresham's law (audio)
: an observation in economics: when two coins are equal in debt-paying value but unequal in intrinsic value, the one having the lesser intrinsic value tends to remain in circulation and the other to be hoarded or exported as bullion
broadly : any process by which inferior products or practices drive out superior ones

Word History


Sir Thomas Gresham

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Gresham's law was in 1858

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“Gresham's law.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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