trade dollar


: a U.S. silver dollar weighing 420 grains .900 fine issued 1873–85 for use in east Asian trade

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The state expects as much as $11.4 billion in cap-and-trade dollars through 2030, bringing the project’s total funding to less than a third of the expected cost. Kurtis Alexander,, 12 Feb. 2020 In that sense, trading dollars for cryptocurrencies is like most forms of investing. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, 13 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of trade dollar was in 1873

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“Trade dollar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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