Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    n. Pieces of gold, silver or other metal, fashioned into a prescribed shapes weight, and degree of fineness, and stamped, by authority of government, with certain marks and devices, and put into circulation as money at a fixed value. Com. v. Gallagher, 16 Gray (Mass.) 240; Latham v. U. S., 1 Ct. OL 150; Borie v. Trott, 5 Phila. (Pa.) 403. Strictly speaking, coin differs from money, as the species differs from the genus. Money is any matter, whether metal, paper, beads, shells, etc., which has, curredcy as a medium in commerce. Coin is a particular species, always made of metal, and struck according to a certain process called "coinage." Wharton.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    v. To fashion pieces of metal into a prescribed shape, weight, and degree of fineness, and stomp them with prescribed devices, by authority of government, in order that they may circulate as money. Legal Tender Cases, 12 Wall. 484, 20 L. Ed. 287 ; Thayer v. Hedges, 22 Ind. 301; Bank v. Van Dyck, 27 N. Y. 490; Borie v. Trott, 5 Phila. (Pa.) 408; Latham v. U. S„ 1 Ct. Cl. 154; Hague v. Powers, 39 Barb. (N. Y.) 466.