Dollar's Origins

Michael Sheehan

Physician's Money Digest, January15 2004, Volume 11, Issue 1

In the 1500s, Count HieronymusSchlick of Bohemia began mintingcoins known as Joachimstalers, namedfor Joachimstal, the valley where thesilver was originally mined. The nameJoachimstalers was later shortened totaler, a word that eventually found itsway into Danish and Swedish as dalar,Dutch as daalder, Ethiopian as talari,Italian as tallero, Flemish as daelder,and English as dollar.