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Revenue or a profit taken from the minting of coins, usually the difference between the value of the bullion used and the face value of the coin.

[Middle English seigneurage, from Old French, from seignor, seignior; see seignior.]




1. something claimed by a sovereign or superior as a prerogative, right, or due
2. a fee payable to a government for coining bullion
3. the difference in value between the cost of bullion and the face value of the coin made from it


or sei•gnor•age

(ˈsin yər ɪdʒ, ˈseɪn-)

1. something claimed by a sovereign or superior as a prerogative.
2. a charge on bullion brought to the mint to be coined.
[1400–50; late Middle English seigneurage < Middle French seignorage, seigneurage; see seigneur, -age]
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Noun1.seigniorage - charged by a government for coining bullion
fee - a fixed charge for a privilege or for professional services
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