Etymology
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specie (n.)

"coin, money in the form of coins, metallic money as a medium of exchange" (as opposed to paper money or bullion), 1670s, a noun use from the Medieval Latin phrase in specie "in minted coins" (attested in English by 1610s). This was a specialized sense in reference to money; the broader and classical meaning of in specie was "in kind; in the real, precise, or actual form" (1550s in English). Latin specie is ablative singular of species "kind, sort; appearance, form" (see species).

updated on April 22, 2022

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Definitions of specie from WordNet

specie (n.)
coins collectively;
Synonyms: coinage / mintage / metal money
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