Dictionary of the Coins
of the World

 

This is an ongoing work (one of those never-ending projects) consisting of a compilation of all known names used for coins from the ancient times to the present. Where possible, a description of coins of that name is given, as well as the most likely origin of the name, including translations. In many cases, links are made to pages which will show various examples of that denomination. Obviously, the images not all-inclusive but hopefully will give the user an idea of what some of the coin denominations looked like and how coins of the same name differ from country to country and through time.

Z

Zaire - Plural zaire.  A paper money and monetary unit of Zaire, equal to 100 makuta.

[Zaire]

Zalat - [Yemen Arab Republic]

Zecchini - Plural of zecchino.

Zecchino - Italian variant form of sequin.

{From Italian zecchino from zecca the mint.}

[Italy]

Zechin - Variant form of sequin.

Zehner - Piece of 10 (pfennigs, kreuzers, or groschen)

{From German zehner tenner.}

[German States]

Zelagh - [Morocco]

Zequin - Variant form of sequin.

Zeri Mahbub -

{From Turkish zeri golden, of gold + mahbub mahbub.}

[Egypt, Libya, Turkey]

Zinsgroschen - Tribute groschen, the name for Saxon groschen from 1492 to 1667.  Worth 1/21 guldenthaler from 1492 to 1532, 1/22 guldengroschen from 1534 to 1542, and 1/24 thaler thereafter.

{From German zins tribute + groschen groschen.}

[German States]

Zlatnik - Plural zlatniki.  Gold coin struck in Russia by Grand Prince Vladimir I weighing about 4 grams and probably modeled on the Byzantine solidus of Basil II (976-1025).

[Russia]

Zlot - The Polish gulden.  It was worth from 15 to 18 grosze until the Napoleonic era when the ratio was upped to 30.  Valued at 100 grosze after the reconstitution of Poland in the 20th century.

[Poland]

Zlote - Plural form of zlot.

Zloty - Originally a gold coin equal to 100 groszy.

{From Polish zloty, literally, golden, from zloto, gold.}

[Poland]

Zlotych - [Poland, USSR]

Zolota - {Slang; Ottoman historical coin - an ancient coin?}

[Turkey]

Zolotniks - [USSR]

Zwanziger - Piece of 20 kreuzers.

{From German zwanziger twentier.}

[German States]

Zwoelfer - Piece of 12 kreuzers.

{From German zwoelfer twelver.}

[German States]

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