florin

noun
flo·rin | \ˈflȯr-ən, ˈflär-\

Definition of florin 

1a : an old gold coin first struck at Florence in 1252

b : any of various European gold coins patterned after the Florentine florin

2a : a British silver coin worth two shillings

b : any of several similar coins issued in parts of the Commonwealth of Nations

3 : gulden

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Tulip mania hit its peak in 1637 when a box of 40 bulbs sold for 100,000 florins or the equivalent today of approximately one million euros. Neil Senturia, sandiegouniontribune.com, "From tulip mania to Juicero to crytocurrency," 25 Sep. 2017 In 1498, a Bible composed of over 2,000 folio pages sold for 6 florins. Rachel Adler, Slate Magazine, "The 19th Century Moral Panic Over … Paper Technology," 4 Aug. 2017 A stash of 30 gold florins minted in the Italian Republic of Florence in the last half of the 13th century also help to date the wreck. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Crusader Shipwreck, Likely From the Siege of Acre, Discovered," 21 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of florin

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for florin

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Old Italian fiorino, from fiore flower, from Latin flor-, flos; from the lily on the coins

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