What is a coin?

Andrey Kim
Andrey Kim
May 16, 2015
What is a coin?

The word "coin" is mainly used only in one sense - a banknote made of metal, to which a certain form, dignity and weight correspond.

Let's look at the fact that such a coin in this value, a little more, and also consider another meaning of the term, which few people know.

Coin as a currency note

So, as we indicated above, a coin is a metal currency of a certain value, weight and shape. There is a version that the first coins were invented by the Roman gods Janus and Saturn, and the coins were called coins for a reason.

In ancient Rome, the goddess Juno was quite famous, who was distinguished by the fact that she warned the Romans many times about imminent earthquakes and attacks. She had the Temple of the Coin (the word "moneta" from Latin translates as "warning", which corresponded to the role of the goddess), and in this temple there was a mass of workshops where metal money was minted.

Today, coins are minted in almost every country, although, along with coins, there are also paper money — bills.In Russia at the moment in the active circulation of coins of 10 and 50 kopecks, 1, 2, 5 and 10 rubles.

Coin as a suit

Few people know, but the word "coin" can also be heard in the meaning of one of the suits of the Tarot card deck. There are four suits in Tarot - Swords, Bowls, Coins and Wands. In this case, the Bowls are also often called Cups, Coins - Pentacles, Wands - Staves. The Swords suit has no alternative meaning.