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1900. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVIII. Money Coinages and Weights of the
World. Sometimes in this chapter we will use the signs Au., Ag. and
Cu. being the chemical symbols for gold, silver and copper, or
Aurum, Argentum and Cuprum, and they always mean chemically pure
gold, silver or copper, or what in the case of gold is called "fine
gold;" of course there can, truly speaking, be no gold but fine
gold. Looseness of thought or expression in this regard leads to
some confusion, for instance the money of the U. S. is said to be
gold.900 fine in gold and the rest copper. Now as a matter of very
accurate statement the money of the U. S. is not gold but is an
alloy of gold and copper, but the word gold is applied everywhere
in England or America or wherever English is spoken, to any
conceivable alloy high in gold, and to be clear we say that a
certain gold is so many thousandths fine, for instance U. S. coin
gold is Jv gold and is therefore.900 fine, the rest, or.100, is
copper. But suppose that we should say, the money of the U. S. is
gold.900 Au..100 Cu. it would be short and clear, and this is the
system we shall pursue in some cases at least in this chapter. The
data for most of this chapter was compiled from the Statesman's
Year Book for 1900 published by McMillan & Company, London, and
from the very excellent work entitled 'The World's Metal Monetary.
Systems," by John Henry Norman, member of the London Chamber of
Commerce, published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, and in London
by Sampson Low Marston & Co., price $2.00. EUROPE. SCANDINAVIAN
UNION. Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland. By a treaty signed May
27, 1873, with additional treaty signed October 16, 1875, Sweden,
Norway, and Denmark (Iceland is a dependency of Denmark) adopted
the same monetary system. The Swedish Kr...
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