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chop dollar Explained

Chop dollar at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Dollar \Dol"lar\, n. [D. daalder, LG. dahler, G. thaler, an
abbreviation of Joachimsthaler, i. e., a piece of money first
coined, about the year 1518, in the valley (G. thal) of St.
Joachim, in Bohemia. See {Dale}.]
(a) A silver coin of the United States containing 371.25
grains of silver and 41.25 grains of alloy, that is,
having a total weight of 412.5 grains.
(b) A gold coin of the United States containing 23.22
grains of gold and 2.58 grains of alloy, that is,
having a total weight of 25.8 grains, nine-tenths
fine. It is no longer coined.

Note: Previous to 1837 the silver dollar had a larger amount
of alloy, but only the same amount of silver as now,
the total weight being 416 grains. The gold dollar as a
distinct coin was first made in 1849. The eagles, half
eagles, and quarter eagles coined before 1834 contained
24.75 grains of gold and 2.25 grains of alloy for each

2. A coin of the same general weight and value, though
differing slightly in different countries, current in
Mexico, Canada, parts of South America, also in Spain, and
several other European countries.

3. The value of a dollar; the unit commonly employed in the
United States in reckoning money values.

{Chop dollar}. See under 9th {Chop}.

{Dollar fish} (Zo["o]l.), a fish of the United States coast
({Stromateus triacanthus}), having a flat, roundish form
and a bright silvery luster; -- called also {butterfish},
and {Lafayette}. See {Butterfish}.

{Trade dollar}, a silver coin formerly made at the United
States mint, intended for export, and not legal tender at
home. It contained 378 grains of silver and 42 grains of

Chop \Chop\, n. [Chin. & Hind. ch[=a]p stamp, brand.]
1. Quality; brand; as, silk of the first chop.

2. A permit or clearance.

{Chop dollar}, a silver dollar stamped to attest its purity.

{chop of tea}, a number of boxes of the same make and quality
of leaf.

{Chowchow chop}. See under {Chowchow}.

{Grand chop}, a ship's port clearance. --S. W. Williams.