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Rig-Marie

Base coin. The word originated from one of the billon coins struck in the reign of Queen Mary, which bore the words Reg. Maria as part of the legend.

Billon is mixed metal for coinage, especially silver largely alloyed with copper.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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