dollar, noun

obsolete. A monetary unit formerly in use at the Cape: a. Elliptical for rix-dollar. b. transferred sense. An amount of 1s. 6d. (one shilling and sixpence), the value of the rixdollar during the 1840s when it was withdrawn from circulation. See also rijksdaalder.
1772 G. Forster Voy. round World I. 71The company allows the sum of forty dollars for each leagre, of which the farmer receives but twenty-four.
1795 J.H. Craig in G.M. Theal Rec. of Cape Col. (1897) I. 271I have..given him 500 Rixdollars...A dollar is about four shillings.
1809 G. Valentia Voy. & Trav. I. 32Our host prudently refused to make any charge for us or our horses;..we gave him fifteen dollars for the party.
1819 H. Gosling in G.M. Theal Rec. of Cape Col. (1902) XII. 303I have paid him a dollar when I could get them elsewhere for 4 skillings.
1820 J. Hancock Diary. 24 JuneMr Sephton owes me for stores 38 Dollars.
1832 Graham’s Town Jrnl 16 Feb. 31The wagon, oxen, two asses, (that Mr D. had just purchased for 400 dollars)..were immediately carried away..by the stream.
1847 A Bengali Notes on Cape of G.H. 65The Hotels are expensive...Formerly the best resident families took in strangers at a dollar a day.
1866 J. Leyland Adventures 3At this time there was a fine of forty to fifty dollars inflicted on any persons known to destroy one of these birds.
1882 C. Du Val With Show through Sn Afr. I. 84The ordinary price of a cabbage is from 1s to 1s. 6d, or a ‘dollar’, as the latter amount is colonially called.
1893 Brown’s S. Afr. 15The local terms ‘tikkie’ and ‘dollar’ frequently heard, represent respectively 3d. and 1s 6d.
1910 R. Juta Cape Peninsula 27When slaves landed at the Cape, they cost from a hundred and twenty to a hundred and fifty dollars (i.e., rixdollars) each, that being about £22.10s to £27.10s.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 148Dollar, A term often used in South Africa for one shilling and sixpence.
1949 L.G. Green In Land of Afternoon 102You still hear one and sixpence referred to as a dollar at the Cape. This may be traced back to a government notice of 1825 in which the people of the Cape were informed that they could exchange British silver money for the new paper rix-dollars at the rate of one shilling and sixpence for each rix-dollar.
Elliptical for rix-dollar.
An amount of 1s. 6d. (one shilling and sixpence), the value of the rixdollar during the 1840s when it was withdrawn from circulation.
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