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Shortly after the Gallic invasion, Lucius Furius built a temple to Juno Moneʹta (the Monitress) on the spot where the house of Manlius Capitolīnus stood. This spot of the Capitol was selected because Manlius was the first man alarmed by the cackling of the sacred geese. This temple was subsequently converted into a mint, and the “ases” there coined were called moneta.

⁂ Juno is represented on medals with instruments of coinage, as the hammer, anvil, pincers, and die. (See Livy, vii. 28, and Cicero, De Divinitate, i. 15.)

The oldest coin of Greece bore the impress of an ox. Hence a bribe for silence was said to be an “ox on the tongue.” Subsequently each province had its own impress:

Athens, an owl (the bird of wisdom).

Bœotia, Bacchus (the vineyard of Greece).

Delphos, a dolphin.

Macedonia, a buckler (from its love of war).

Rhodes, the disc of the sun (the Colossus was an image to the sun).

Rome had a different impress for each coin:


For the As, the head of Janus on one side, and the prow of a ship on the reverse.


The Semi-as, the head of Jupiter and the letter S.


The Triens. the head of a woman (? Rome or Minorva) and four points to denote four ounces.


The Quadrans, the head of Hercules and three points to denote three ounces.


The Sextans, the head of Mercury, and two points to denote two ounces.

Bowed money. Bent coin, given as a pledge of love.


“Taking forth a bowed groat and an old penny bowed he gave it. [sic] her.”—Coney-catching. (Time, Elizabeth.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Mome (French)
Momiers (French, men of mummery)
Mommur
Momus
Momus’s Lattice or Window
Monaciello [little monk]
Monarchians
Monarchy
Monday Pops
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Money makes the Mare to go
Monimia
Monism
Monitor
Monk
Monk Lewis
Monk listening to a Bird
Monk of Westminster
Monkey (A)
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