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  • n. Plural form of shinplaster.


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  • Small change was scarce, and fractional notes, called "shinplasters," were issued in many parts of the United States.

    Recollections of Forty Years in the House, Senate and Cabinet An Autobiography.

  • This law had the beneficial effect of driving out of circulation "shinplasters" and worn coins, and supplied in ample quantity new full weight silver coins of handsome device, the government receiving the profit of the difference between the market value of the silver and its coinage value.

    Recollections of Forty Years in the House, Senate and Cabinet An Autobiography.

  • But it looked so much like the "shinplasters" we are forced to use, that no wonder they made the mistake.

    A Confederate girl's diary,

  • Throughout most of the war they were supplemented by the notes of state banks, local token-money, and fractional currency, or "shinplasters," of the United

    The New Nation

  • The greatest inconvenience existed among retail dealers for small change, and "shinplasters" were freely used.

    Foreign and Colonial News

  • (Illustration: "Mock bank note parodying the" shinplasters "of the 1837 panic.


  • Twenty-five cent and one cent shinplasters were brought into camp and laughed at by men who were afterward glad to get shinplasters from another manufactory.

    Three Years in the Sixth Corps A Concise Narrative of Events in the Army of the Potomac, from 1861 to the Close of the Rebellion, April, 1865

  • The druggist gave me, in the way of change, several miserably executed shinplasters.

    The Citizen-Soldier or, Memoirs of a Volunteer

  • Congress, by Act of July 17, 1862, prohibited the issue of shinplasters by private corporations or individuals, provided for the issuance to the public of postage and other stamps and declared that, under certain limitations, these were receivable in payment of dues to the United States and were redeemable in greenbacks.

    Chapter XI

  • Secretary Chase, in a letter of July 14, 1862, to the Chairman of the Committee of Ways and Means of the House of Representatives, said that “the most serious inconveniences and evils are apprehended” unless the issues of shinplasters and metal tokens “can be checked and the small coins of the government kept in circulation or a substitute provided.

    Chapter XI


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