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COIN (older forms of the word are coy...

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Originally appearing in Volume V06, Page 653 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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COIN (older forms of the word are coyne, quoin and coign, all derived through the O. Fr. coing, and cuigne from Lat. cuneus, a wedge), properly the term for a wedge-shaped die used for stamping money, and so transferred to the money so stamped; hence a piece of money. The form "quoin" is used for the external angle of a building (see QuoINs), and " coign," also a projecting angle, survives in the Shakespearean phrase " a coign of vantage."
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