Quiz Question

One of a continuing series


Previously the Quiz Question was about the origin of the dollar sign ($). This week’s Quiz Question is about the dollar.

What is the origin of “dollar” for the American unit of currency? To provide the required answer you are going to have to drill down to the absolute root of the origin of the word. You are not allowed to run to Google for the answer, but you are allowed to mine archives of this blog. I provided the answer in a previous post.

Don’t post your answer on Facebook. Post you answer as a comment below.


And Prasad has provided the correct answer. It is possible he read this previous post, which describes the origin of the American dollar:

Richard Rhodes told the story in his 1986 book The Making of the Atomic Bomb. The book tells of the development of modern nuclear physics and of the coming involvement of science in the world of politics and war. The book won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction.

The German word thal (tal) means valley, and Sankt Joachimsthal in the Bohemia region of the Czech Republic was the site of a great mineral wealth. Silver came from the region and later uranium ore. The silver was struck into coins that became known as Joachimsthallers, and the thaller became the English dollar and the unit of currency for a new nation on the North American continent.


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