The passive weight used to be the legal (lowest) actual gross weight for gold and silver coins , at which these coins just had to be accepted as fully-fledged currency coins without a discount or discount or the state coffers had not yet withdrawn them and instead had to issue new replacement coins. For the German 20 and 10 gold mark pieces , this value was 5 per mille below the respective target weight ( rough weight ). In practice, in Germany from 1871 to 1914, undamaged gold coins, the weight of which had already fallen slightly below the passage weight due to increased wear and tear in circulation, were still exchanged for fully-fledged, minted gold coins or for other currency tokens without a discount on the state coffers. In Great Britain e.g. For example, coins such as 1 sovereign can only be exchanged at the devalued rate - they were therefore worth less than a nominal 20 shillings for a simple sovereign. See also Kurant coin .
The earlier bar coin scales mostly contained weights for a large number of coin denominations such as ducats , Friedrich d'or , guilders etc. in their wooden cases .