A licensed coiner or striker of coins. Mints, of which there were many in England at any one time, were run by private individuals experienced in metalwork, under royal control. Payment was one penny in every £1. Moneyers were liable to mutilation, having a hand chopped off, castration (which happened in 1124), or death, if coins were found to be debased. Dies were supplied by the crown; recoining was one way for the monarch to extract money from the populace by reducing the proportions of silver or latterly gold. This obviated the need for a tax. [< OldFr. monnier < Lat. monetarius = striker of coins] -

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  • Moneyer — Mon ey*er, n. [From {Money}; cf. OF. monoier, F. monnoayeur, L. monetarius a master of the mint. Cf. {Monetary}.] 1. A person who deals in money; banker or broker. [Obs. or R.] [1913 Webster] 2. An authorized coiner of money. Sir M. Hale. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moneyer — [mun′ē ər] n. [ME moneyour < OFr monoier < L monetarius, mint master < moneta,MINT1] 1. Obs. a banker or capitalist 2. Archaic a coiner of money …   English World dictionary

  • Moneyer — Numismatics Terminology Portal Currency …   Wikipedia

  • moneyer — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French moneour, from moneer to mint, from moneie Date: 15th century an authorized coiner of money ; minter …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • moneyer — /mun ee euhr/, n. 1. Archaic. a person employed in the authorized coining of money. 2. Obs. a moneylender or banker. [1250 1300; ME < OF monier < LL monetarius coiner, minter (n. use of adj.: of money); see MONETARY] * * * …   Universalium

  • moneyer — mÊŒnɪə(r) n. (Archaic) one who mints money …   English contemporary dictionary

  • moneyer — noun archaic a person who mints money …   English new terms dictionary

  • Moneyer — A person licenced by the crown to strike coins, receiving the dies from the crown, and keeping 1/240 of the money coined for himself …   Medieval glossary

  • moneyer — mon·ey·er …   English syllables

  • moneyer — mon•ey•er [[t]ˈmʌn i ər[/t]] n. archaic a coiner of money • Etymology: 1250–1300; ME < OF monier < LL monētārius coiner; see monetary …   From formal English to slang

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