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Gold standard
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1. Definition

Gold standard and gold currency are connected terms in the history of money (see Money, theory of), but with different definitions. A gold currency exists when the unit of currency in a country (e.g. pound or mark) is expressed as a fixed amount of gold. This can take two forms: circulating gold currency and gold exchange. In the first case, gold coinage (Coin) predominates as the main currency in circulation, which otherwise consists of silver token coinage (with limited term of valid…

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North, Michael, “Gold standard”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020336>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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