The treasury of the English government is an example of an exchequer.
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Origin of exchequer
- Alteration of Middle English escheker from Old French eschequier counting table, chessboard from eschec check check
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Anglo-Norman escheker (“chessboard”); from Medieval Latin scaccarium. This is because the cloth on which the exchequer counted money resembled a chessboard.