Gary Beals of Segovia Spain submitted this take on some denomination names in Albert Frey’s 1917 book, A Dictionary Of Numismatic
Names Their Official And Popular Designations. Thanks! -Editor
Albert Frey's classic work contains 4,111 terms. A century on from Albert’s book we find a lot of words he noted have a whole
different meaning to us.
The best name for a new fast food franchise —
Frey said: A false silver Penny from Luxemburg brought into England, in the reign of Edward III.
We say: I am seeing neon signs, mounds of French fries, grilled meat and toasted buns.
The coins most likely to be used by Harry Potter —
Frey said: English slang in the 1800s for a small amount of money. In Northumberland it is a 20th of a farthing.
We say: People needed change for a farthing, which itself was ¼ of a penny?
Coin name most likely to become a factory-made snack —
Frey said: A silver coin of 20 pence, struck in 1636 for Scotland.
We say: From silver coin to a crunchy snack made from a slurry of dried potatoes and salt? Pass me that can
And here is the rest:
What is a four-letter word for recycling?
Frey said: A name generally applied to any small coin of unusual thickness.
We say: Come on! You are supposed to separate those plastic jugs and glass bottles and the paper.
Coin name most likely to someday become a horror movie —
Frey said: A popular name for the copper coin of five cents struck for Ceylon in 1909 and 1910.
We say: I’ll get the big tub of buttered popcorn for us.
The most unlikely word to refer to great riches
Frey said: Dutch for an ingot of gold. The word means a lump.
We say: The good folks of the Netherlands seem to have gold bars and the sound of those wooden shoes confused.
The most elegant term for telling citizens: “All your currency is really worthless”
Frey said: A paper currency issued by a government but which is not redeemable in coin or bullion.
We say: Cash so I can buy that Italian sports car — great! Oh – that’s not it? Well, nuts!
Coin name most likely to next week’s special dish at The Olive Garden Restaurants —
Frey said: Certain Archbishop of Orvieto coins of the same value as Piceoli in 1398.
We say: Do we get the bread sticks with that?
A coin name of the 1400s now best known as an ice cream flavor
Frey said: Slang in Naples for the small Denaro of Alfonso I
We say: Are these the nuts from California — or Iran?
A illegal coin later to become vast quantities of awful music
Frey said: A counterfeit coin in Ireland after the regular coinage had ceased in 1696.
We say: I know my Mom hated Elvis, I guess rap is my reward for not understanding her.
Coin name least likely to be a chocolate drink sold by one of the world’s biggest companies
Gros de Nesle
Frey said: A billon coin of France first struck by Henri II about 1500.
We say: Do we have any of those little marshmallows for this stuff?
Mr. Frey, someday after the model T Ford there came cars from a man named Porsche
Frey said: An early billon silver coin of the Duchy of Bretagne, of 1459.
We say: Now that is a chick magnet. The monthly payments are how much?
Something that is usually not good for coins and no improvement on people
Frey said: A coin or medal that has a hole in it. This is sometimes done by the issuer … but is more often the work of vandals.
We say: Does they still hurt? Will that hole go away when you take the thing out?
The Asian coin most likely to become a rusted out clunker your brother-in-law drives
Frey said: Annamese for the Chinese Wen pieces of the Emperor Tu Due (1847-1883).
We say: Could you park that thing on the other side of the street, please?
Perhaps not the investment in the anniversary party you had in mind
Frey said: Veale Noble Money in use in 1684 within Bradford, in Wiltshire.
We say: Those poor little penned up calves. Let’s go with pork roast — the other grey meat.
Just add water to that coin and it tastes a lot like …
Frey said: A rectangular copper bar coin issued by the Dutch East India Company for Ceylon. And an Armenian copper coin.
We say: If it is good enough for our astronauts, then by golly I’ll have some.
The title of the new science fiction movie from Europe
Frey said: Tokens or jetons as are struck to indicate some compelled service in Germany
We say: I still like ‘Forbidden Planet,’ don’t you?
Vital defense funding is now in the hands of your bowling league
Frey said: Money raised in several counties of England providing maintenance for the militia.
We say: More trophies? Don’t we have enough of those out in the garage already?
We pay our utility bills but the bath water never seems hot enough.
Frey said: A base English silver coin of the period of Edward I circa 1285.
We say: Hey, you going to spend all day in that tub?
Wayne Homren, Editor
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