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Dictionary of the Coins of the World [U]

This is an ongoing work (one of those never-ending projects) consisting of a compilation of all known names used for coins from the ancient times to the present. Where possible, a description of coins of that name is given, as well as the most likely origin of the name, including translations. In many cases, links are made to pages which will show various examples of that denomination. Obviously, the images not all-inclusive but hopefully will give the user an idea of what some of the coin denominations looked like and how coins of the same name differ from country to country and through time.


Ugorsky - A gold coin of Russia issued by Ivan III (1462-1505).  It was based on the Hungarian ducat.


Ukkia -

Uncia - Plural unciae.  A bronze coin of the ancient Roman Republic worth 1/12 as.  Bronze coin of ancient Sicily worth 1/12 litra.

{From Latin unciae a twelfth part, specifically of a pound.}

[Ancient Rome, Ancient Greek City States-Sicily]

Unicorn - A gold coin of Scotland, struck under James III (1460-1488) until James V (1514-1542).  It had on the obverse a unicorn, and the reverse has a star.

{From the unicorn on the obverse.}


Unicornis - Contemporary name of the unicorn.

Unit - [India-Independent Kingdom, India-Mughal, Scotland]

Unite - Old English gold 20-shilling piece issued first by James I and Charles I for England and Scotland and bearing in the design an inscription referring to the uniting of the two crowns.  Also called a jacobus.  Its value was raised in 1611 to 22 shillings.

{From obs. unite joint, united.  From Middle English unit from Late Latin unitus.}


Unycornis - Contemporary name of the unicorn.

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