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Economic Definition of print and mint. Defined.

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Term print and mint Definition: A handy phrase for one method of controlling the money supply -- printing paper currency and minting metal coins. This was the method commonly used by governments BEFORE checkable deposits became a significant share of the money supply. In modern times the total quantity of money in circulation is controlled by controlling bank reserves and money creation process of banks. The print and mint method is largely used just to "fill in the gaps" and when the nonbank public decides to transfer money from checkable deposits to currency and coins.

 

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