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"Pecunia aurea est optima."

Translation:Gold money is the best.

August 31, 2019



Richard Nixonus valde consentit.


What are you talking about, dude? Nixon closed the gold window, basically saying "that paper in your vaults IS your money now". He was the least hard-money POTUS since FDR.


Ron Paul would love this.

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End the Fed!


This was the post I came for


"gold pieces" as a name was more common in the times they really existed. Also in other languages: "Goldstücke, goudstukken" in German and Dutch for instance.


Cash works for most people.


Perhaps coin would be a better alternative?


No, coin is nummus.


Came here to suggest the same.


No boullion is the only aceptable currency!


Can someone please explain why Gold is the best money is incorrect?


From word placement, "gold" is an adjective for the money. I think for what you're saying, it would need to be "aurea est pecunia optima." Same basic idea, but you'd use the two sentences in different context.


I think “gold is the best money” would be aurum [pecunia optima] est.

• gold = aurum, i n.

• golden = aurus, a, um

[Pecunia aurea] optima est. = “[Golden money] is the best.”

Aurum [pecunia optima] est. = “Gold is [the best money].”


Why not "The golden money is the best one"

Aurea can be "golden".

Edit: They accept "Golden money is the best", but it's the "one" here the guilty.
Isn't it correct in English?


Why "The golden money is the best one" doesn't work, I think, for this sentence:

"Golden" tells us that this "money" is physical, likely coins. However, the word "money" is uncountable in English, so linking it to a specific number doesn't sound right.

"Money" is most commonly used in English as a mass noun. We might have a "little money" or a "lot of money," but we never have "one money" or "twenty-seven monies."

I can't think of an instance right now where putting a number in front of "money" or "monies" sounds right to me. So it won't work as a subject complement following a linking verb either.

You might say: "The golden money is the best kind." But Duolingo probably would count that as incorrect because you added the word "kind."


Dissentio. Pecunia plastica vel pecunia electronica sunt optimae.


Is "greatest" an acceptable definition of "optima"?


I'd go with maxima. Think Iuppiter Optimus Maximus, or Quintus Fabius Maximus.


To clarify: Maximus is the superlative of magnus "big".

Optimus is the superlative of bonus "good."


I wrote gold money is best and it was rejected


is "excellent" an adequate translation for "optima"? I was taught in my Latin class that it was.


Agreed! Esp if the old usd goes pft.


Good, then we're all agreed. We should return to the Gold standard.


How can there be gold money? Money is an intangible value tied to objects such as coins and cards, or to other concepts such as bank accounts. The coin it is represented by may be golden, but 'gold money' is semantically weird.


Do you think they had cards at the time, or bank accounts?

You don't know "gold money", because you never used one. There were silver money (= all the coins made of silver), copper money, gold money. It's a category of coins.

The value (especially the modern economic meaning) is only derived from the "coins" meaning. By the way, the money is more and more immaterial nowadays, probably our great grandchildren won't even imagine that currency could be something that is material.


A current medium of exchange in the form of coins and banknotes; coins and banknotes collectively.

"I counted the money before putting it in my wallet"

Formal: sums of money.

"a statement of all moneys paid into and out of the account"

the assets, property, and resources owned by someone or something; wealth.

"the college is very short of money"


We have thought fit to order that certain pieces of gold money should be coined, which should be called “ sovereigns or twenty shilling pieces"

From: "The London Gazette, 1590".

I make no doubt, that you will understand the distinction between Paper-Money and Gold-Money

From Cobbett's Political Register, 1810.

On the 9th July of the same year, this king issued three new sorts of gold money.
From another 1808 book, etc...

For the etymology and the meaning of the word, Money comes from the French Monnaie, meaning currency, and coins.

Monnaie is:

from Latin moneta "place for coining money, mint; coined money, money, coinage," from Moneta, a title or surname of the Roman goddess Juno, near whose temple on the Capitoline Hill money was coined.


Well, I don't know if it's "semantically weird"--not exactly sure what that means actually--"gold money" just sounds weird to me in my English. Functionally, "gold money" (pecunia aurea) in my English means "gold coins". But there's another word for "coin" in Latin, nummus, so you can't use "coin" in English here because they don't use nummus here in Latin. Hmm ... Sometimes knee-jerk literal translations aren't a good idea. Now in my English "gold standard" would mean something. (I live in a very conservative area.) And maybe that would actually work here too. If, pecunia aurea est optima means, "gold money is best", and if by "gold standard," we mean that our currency (money) is based on gold, which would include the minting of gold coins and the actual ability to get actual gold (coins/bullion) in exchange for the paper currency/money that we have, well then, "The gold standard is best" should actually be a good translation. Hmm ... But I'm guessing not. What's the Latin for "gold standard"?

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