seigniorage

noun
sei·gnior·age | \ ˈsān-yə-rij \
variants: or seignorage

Definition of seigniorage 

: a government revenue from the manufacture of coins calculated as the difference between the face value and the metal value of the coins

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Shares, which fluctuate in value, entitle the owner to a share of the system's future seigniorage profits. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Basis—the “stable” cryptocurrency with $133 million invested—explained," 25 Apr. 2018 Another benefit, supporters say, is that the SNB would earn more seigniorage fees. Brian Blackstone, WSJ, "Swiss Central Bank Denounces Proposal to Ban Money Creation by Banks," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of seigniorage

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for seigniorage

Middle English seigneurage, from Anglo-French seignurage right of the lord (especially to coin money), from seignur

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