Shot and grain
The term shot and grain is a term from numismatics .
The term shot stands for the total or rough weight of a coin containing precious metals , including the non-precious metal components, and grain for the precious metal or fineness of the coin, which was previously important for the coin value .
Up to around the First World War , the precious metal content corresponded, at least in theory, to the value of the coin ( Kurant coin ) . In practice, however, attempts were made early on to reduce the precious metal content and use the precious metal obtained in this way for other purposes , for example for minting other coins ( dividing coin , a coin that “is not worth its material”). The techniques required for this were developed and used , for example, during the tipper and rocker inflation (1618 to 1623). All Münzpächter the Kippermünzstätten , the short duration of their lease foreseeing hastened to gain the maximum benefit on speediest without even remotely look after their meal and grain coins.
“From real (or old) shot and grain” is therefore: “Worth what it says”.
- Friedrich Frhr. v. Schrötter : dictionary of coinage . Second, unchanged edition. Walter de Gruyter , Berlin 1970, p. 549 .
- ibid. P. 191 .
- Helmut Kahnt, Bernd Knorr: Old measures, coins and weights. A lexicon. Bibliographisches Institut, Leipzig 1986, licensed edition Mannheim / Vienna / Zurich 1987, ISBN 3-411-02148-9 , p. 396 f.