coinage

Coinage refers to metal money, or coins. A numismatist — that's the technical term for a coin collector — is interested in coinage. Coinage is also the process of coming up with a new word.

You probably wouldn't refer to the dimes jingling in your pocket as coinage, since this term tends to be used for coins in a more collective way, as in the coinage of foreign countries. Another way to use coinage is for the process of inventing (or coining) a new word. Shakespeare is famous for a lot of literary achievements, including his coinage of words like "lackluster," "bandit," and "bedazzled."

Definitions of coinage
  1. noun
    coins collectively
    synonyms: metal money, mintage, specie
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    coin
    a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money
    change
    coins of small denomination regarded collectively
    bawbee
    an old Scottish coin of little value
    bezant, bezzant, byzant, solidus
    a gold coin of the Byzantine Empire; widely circulated in Europe in the Middle Ages
    denier
    any of various former European coins of different denominations
    ducat
    formerly a gold coin of various European countries
    real
    an old small silver Spanish coin
    piece of eight
    an old silver Spanish coin; worth 8 reales
    shilling
    an English coin worth one twentieth of a pound
    crown
    an English coin worth 5 shillings
    half crown
    an English coin worth half a crown
    dime
    a United States coin worth one tenth of a dollar
    nickel
    a United States coin worth one twentieth of a dollar
    quarter
    a United States or Canadian coin worth one fourth of a dollar
    fifty-cent piece, half dollar
    a United States coin worth half of a dollar
    ha'penny, halfpenny
    an English coin worth half a penny
    cent, centime, penny
    a coin worth one-hundredth of the value of the basic unit
    slug
    a counterfeit coin
    tenpence
    a decimal coin worth ten pennies
    tuppence, twopence
    a former United Kingdom silver coin; United Kingdom bronze decimal coin worth two pennies
    threepence
    former cupronickel coin of the United Kingdom equal to three pennies
    fourpence, groat
    a former English silver coin worth four pennies
    fivepence
    a coin worth five cents
    sixpence, tanner
    a small coin of the United Kingdom worth six pennies; not minted since 1970
    eightpence
    a coin worth eight pennies
    ninepence
    a coin worth nine pennies
    dollar
    a United States coin worth one dollar
    double eagle
    a former gold coin in the United States worth 20 dollars
    eagle
    a former gold coin in the United States worth 10 dollars
    half eagle
    a former gold coin in United States worth 5 dollars
    guinea
    a former British gold coin worth 21 shillings
    farthing
    a former British bronze coin worth a quarter of a penny
    doubloon
    a former Spanish gold coin
    louis d'or
    a former French gold coin
    medallion
    any of various large ancient Greek coins
    stater
    any of the various silver or gold coins of ancient Greece
    sou
    a former French coin of low denomination; often used of any small amount of money
    Maundy money
    specially minted silver coins that are distributed by the British sovereign on Maundy Thursday
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    currency
    the metal or paper medium of exchange that is presently used
  2. noun
    the act of inventing a word or phrase
    synonyms: neologism, neology
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    invention
    the act of inventing
  3. noun
    a newly invented word or phrase
    synonyms: neologism, neology
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    blend, portmanteau, portmanteau word
    a new word formed by joining two others and combining their meanings
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    word
    a unit of language that native speakers can identify
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