The standard unit of value of a currency, as the dollar in the United States or the peso in Mexico.(noun)
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Use "monetary unit" in a sentence
"The ducat was coined in the papal mint from the year 1432; it was a coin of Venetian origin that circulated with the florin, which, in 1531, was succeeded by the scudo, a piece of French origin that remained the monetary unit of the Pontifical States."