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Rex-dol(l)o(u)r, Rix-dollor, -ar(e, -er, n. Also: reix-; ryx-; rich- and -dallor, -er. [e.m.E. réekes doller (1598), rix dollar (1622), rich dollar (c1645), older Du. rijcksdaler, Germ. reichsthaler.] A silver coin and money of account, current from the latter part of the 16th century in various European countries. Current also in Scotland.Sometimes written as one word.(a) 1589 Edinb. B. Rec. V 9.
Restand awand … [340] rex dollouris
1615 Orkney & Shetl. Ct. Bks. 102.
Four auld silver dollouris or lv s. money of Scotland for the price thairof and that in full contentatioun of ane obligatioun and sowme of sex auld rex dollouris thairin contenit as failyie of delyverie … of ane suffycient hors
1629 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. III 8.
The rex and lyoun dollours wer fittest to … have course and passage in the countrie
Ib. 51.
Toucheing the difference of the rex dollours amongs thameselffes in value, weight or fynnesse
1632 Aberd. Council Lett. I 354.
The best of the rex dolloris being in wecht and fynesse according to your maiesties ordinances worth no more bot 4 sh. 5 d. sterline
Ib. 355. 1640 Kirkcudbr. Min. Bk. 2.
Rex dollares
1642 Cochran-Patrick Coinage II 68.
The lords of secreit counsell … ordains rex dollers to have course among his majesteis subjects, being fyftene drop of weight at 54 s., being 14 drop weight at 53 s. 4 d.
1645 Ib. 6.
The spaces of money to passe in the kingdome for the availes after-specified, viz. The rex dollor to give fiftie eight shillingis [etc.]
1660 Caithness Ch. Rec. in Old Lore Misc. IV 175.
A rex dolor
1668 Rothesay B. Rec. 149.
That he gat fra Janet Glas fourtein rex dollers and that the half of thame was mylne rynis
1670 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. III 126.
The rex or bank dollour
1685 Stranraer B. Ct. 15 Sept.
A rex dollor Scotis money
1688 Bk. Old Edinb. C. XXVII 153.
I found that 4 rex dollors and three leg dollers make just 20 lib.
1689–90 Glasgow B. Rec. III 516.
Ane rex daller
(b) 1651 Th. A. Fischer The Scots in Sweden (1907) 230.
(c) 1626 Dunferm. B. Rec. II 153.
Ane rix dollor
1632 Cochran-Patrick Coinage II 34.
In the moneyes of Germanie … the rix doller being excessiuelie highted to 20 florens
1647 Cuningham Journal 154.
c1650 Spalding I 75.
The rix dolloris cryit doun in Edinbrugh fra 56 s. to 54 s.
1650 Misc. Maitl. C. II 476.
1675 Stirling B. Rec. II 18.
Twentie six rix dollors, being 76 li. 17 s.
1685 Paterson Sc. Arithm. 9.
In Scotland we … keep our account … oftentimes by dollers, which is either called legg or cross-dollers, being 2 lb. 16 s. Scots, or els rix-dollors, being 2 lb. 18 s. Scots
1694 Dunkeld Presb. I 294.
c1650-1700 Descr. Zetland 5.
A good [otter] skin … will cost a rix dollar, or 3 lb. Scots
1718 Glasgow B. Rec. IV 26.
Rix dallors
(d) 1666 Melrose Reg. Rec. II 143.
4 rich [? for rex] dollars

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