Lexember 8: Silver Coin

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Nitherian word: lechen “lecha, a silver coin”

From: Old Maritime ɭetʃøn, accusative of ɭetʃa “silver”.

Cowry shells were inconvenient for larger purchases, so the Maritime nations also minted metal coins. The most common type was the silver lecha, which was nominally worth 36 cowry strings.

Example:

Ithn wi yoshomelashyosha islo tlara lechen.

[ˈi.ðn̩
ithn
skirt
wi
wi
LD
jo.ɕo.me.laˈɕjo.ɕa
yo-sho-mela-shy-o-sha
give-OPT-down-BEN.APPL3s1s.A
ˈi.ɬo
i-slo
with-3p
ˈtɬa.ra
tlara
twelve
leˈtɕen]
lechen
lecha
I’ll give you twelve lecha for the skirt.

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