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 (one shilling and sixpence), the value of the rixdollar during the 1840s when it was withdrawn from circulation.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.
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 (one shilling and sixpence), the value of the rixdollar during the 1840s when it was withdrawn from circulation.

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