Seigniorage meaning

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Revenue or a profit taken from the minting of coins, usually the difference between the value of the bullion used and the face value of the coin.
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Something claimed or taken by a sovereign or other superior as his or her just right or due.
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A government revenue that is the difference between the face value of coins and the costs of their mintage.
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(historical) All the revenue obtained by a feudal lord from his vassals.
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The revenue obtained directly by minting coin (difference between cost of metal and face value).
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(finance) The revenue obtained by the difference between interest earned on securities acquired in exchange for bank notes and the costs of producing and distributing those notes.
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Origin of seigniorage

  • Middle English seigneurage from Old French from seignor seignior seignior

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from Old French seignorage.

    From Wiktionary