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Bimetallism (double currency) denotes a monetary system (Currency) in which two coin metals circulate as legal tender, with a fixed official rate of exchange between them. In monometallic currencies (Monometallism), establishing the exchange rate was relatively simple: one metal (Gold or Silver) was the currency metal, and Coin of the other metal were valued on the basis of the currency metal in accordance with the gold-silver ratio at the time, which depended on metal prices. In the Holy Roman Empire after the Imperial minting ordinances o…

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Schneider, Konrad, “Bimetallism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 21 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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