How the dollar got its name

Glint/Dominic Frisby/6-1-2021

photgraph of a 1525 Joachimsthaler

“Schlick started minting coins with his newly mined silver, similar in size and weight to the Guldengroschen (shortened to Guldener), which were just gaining popularity at the time – each 1⁄8th of a Cologne Mark of silver. Schlick called his coins, which weighed roughly an ounce and were an inch and a half (4cm) across ‘Joachimsthalers’. German speakers to the north and west shortened this to ‘thaler’, while Czech and Slavic speakers to the south and east called them ‘tolars.'”

USAGOLD note: Now you know how the dollar got its name – historically associated with an ounce of silver. Nineteenth and Twentieth century American silver dollars contain .77345 ounces of pure silver.

Attribution: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

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