Origin of English word COIN

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COIN is metallic money with a designated weight and value, and to COIN is to designate or name.

כנה   KeeNaH (to name - Isaiah45:4) is thus one of a few appropriate KN Semitic etymons.

Most dictionaries attribute COIN to Latin cuneus (wedge or corner), a term cognate with QUOIN (exterior angle of a wall). QUOIN is pronounced "kwoin."  COIN and QUOIN are from קרן QeReN (corner - Exodus27:2).  See CORNER. [The R-to-W speech defect demonstrates how "kwoin" can come from QeReN pronounced “kewen.”  In the same way, WEAVE, WEFT, WOOF and Anglo-Saxon owef come from ערב [A]Re[V] (woof).]

This dictionary favors the international legal tender of monetary K-N terms, related to קנה QaNaH (to acquire, purchase – Genesis 33:19  ) - a verb related to the COINAGE or name given to the acquisitive CAIN or קין QahYiN in Genesis4:1.  Half of the Earth was too little for the possessive  Cain to have to split with his brother Abel.   קנין QiNYaN is an acquisition (Leviticus 22:11).

The “opposite” of possession, or the feeling of not possessing, is that have-not state of קנאה QiN’AH (envy – Numbers 5:4). Wailing for loss, the opposite of GAIN, is קינה QeeYNaH (lamenting – see KEENING.)


BRANCHES: [ E]eYaiN or GHeeYaiN means to weigh - it might link up with the Japanese YEN. Japanese words for gold are kin and ogen.  Taino gold is caona. GAIN (to acquire) may be another derivative of QaNaH (to acquire, buy, possess). To acquire in Hindi is kamana.  To buy in Japanese is konyo (suru) and kaimono.,

Chin and ch'ien are money and coin in Chinese. Jin is Chinese gold, and used in the word for cash.

In Japanese okane is money, kin is gold, and kane is money and metal.. For the Eskimos kinauyak is coin and akkinga is price. Koumaiis purchase in Chinese.

The QOANeEH is the possessor or owner, synonymous with husband or king in many cultures. Kun or kina is husband in several dialects of the Uto-Aztec Indians around Arizona. Kane is husband in Hawaiian, where the word for KING is kini.

The root of מקנה MiQNeH (cattle, property) is the same   קנה QaNaH (to buy) because cattle or KINE were the KINETIC, movable property ,  used for COIN or currency in antiquity. Cash cows were taken literally when you couldn’t feed your clan with coins.  Another guttural-nasal cattle word is GNU. This is the Hottentot word for wildebeest.

For the ICON or likeness on many coins, see COMMON.

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