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free silver

n.
The free coinage of silver, especially at a fixed ratio to gold, advocated in the late 1800s to increase the demand for silver and to counteract inflation in the currency.
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free silver

n
the unlimited minting of silver coins, esp when at a fixed ratio to gold
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By the late 1800s, bimetallism had become the political weathervane of the time, with the Free Silver movement gaining strength in the later Nineteenth Century.
Sold to William Randolph Hearst in 1895, it was renamed the New York Journal and supported William Jennings Bryan and the free silver movement. Edited by Arthur Brisbane, it clamored for war with Spain and the independence of Cuba.