Billon



an alloy used in coinage, consisting of gold or silver with a larger amount of base metal.
an alloy of silver with copper or the like, used for coins of small denomination.
any coin struck from such an alloy.
Historical Examples

The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6) John Knox
The History of Currency, 1252 to 1896 William Arthur Shaw
The History of Currency, 1252 to 1896 William Arthur Shaw
The Confessions of a Collector William Carew Hazlitt

noun
an alloy consisting of gold or silver and a base metal, usually copper, used esp for coinage
any coin made of such an alloy

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