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rix-dollar, noun

Forms:
Also riksdollar, rix doller.
Origin:
Dutch, Show more Adaptation of Dutch rijksdaalder, rijks imperial + daalder dollar. There is a range of forms between the fully Englished rix-dollar and the original Dutch rijksdaalder (see rijksdaalder), including riks-daler or rix-daler, rixdaaler, and ryksdaalder.
historical
A unit of currency introduced at the Cape by the Dutch East India Company, initially a silver coin and later (from 1781) a paper note; dollar sense a; Rd; rijksdaalder sense a. See also Cape guilder, stiver sense 1.
Note:
For the value of the rixdollar against the pound sterling, see quotations 1827 and 1843. Although officially withdrawn in 1841, the unit continued in use long after this date. The rix-dollar was also used in other Dutch colonies such as Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and Batavia (Jakarta, Jawa).
1765 Mrs Kindersley Letters (1777) 65The custom is to pay a rix-dollar daily for each person’s board and lodging, for which they are provided with everything.
1989 Reader’s Digest Illust. Hist. of S. Afr. 45Panic-stricken authorities were offering slaves a rix-dollar a day and food to watch over the sick and the dying.
A unit of currency introduced at the Cape by the Dutch East India Company, initially a silver coin and later (from 1781) a paper note; dollara; Rd; rijksdaaldera.

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