from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A name given to large silver coins current, chiefly during the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth century, in several European countries (Germany, Sweden, Denmark, etc.). The value varied between $1.15 and 60 cents United States money, but was usually a little over $1.
  • noun An English colonial coin and money of account, derived from the Dutch, in Ceylon, Cape Colony, and Malacca.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A name given to several different silver coins of Denmark, Holland, Sweden,, NOrway, etc., varying in value from about 30 cents to $1.10; also, a British coin worth about 36 cents, used in Ceylon and at the Cape of Good Hope. See rigsdaler, riksdaler, and rixdaler.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From obsolete Dutch rijcksdaler, cognate to German Reichsthaler and to the English words riche and dollar.



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