Green’s Dictionary of Slang

mint n.1

[8C SE mint, money. The term was wholly sl. by 16C, although the Mint, as a place, remained SE]

1. (UK Und.) a piece of money.

[UK]Palladius Husbondrie Herrtage (1873–9) 99: Thees if me spende, or mynt for them receyve.
[UK]Dekker Belman’s Second Nights Walk B4: Thus have I builded up a little Mint [...] The payment of this was a debt.
[UK]Jonson Gypsies Metamorphosed 8: Strike faire at some iewell that minte may accrue well.
[UK]Catterpillers of this Nation Anatomized 3: Trust not too much (lowre or mint) wealth in your house.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.

2. (also mynt) gold.

[UK]Harman Caveat for Common Cursetours in Viles & Furnivall (1907) 83: mynt golde.
[UK]Groundworke of Conny-catching n.p.: [as cit. c.1566].
[UK]Rowlands Martin Mark-all 39: Mynt gold.
[UK]Dekker Eng. Villainies (9th edn) .
[Ire]Head Canting Academy (2nd edn) 76: Mynt Gold.
[UK]R. Holme Academy of Armory Ch. iii item 68c: Canting Terms used by Beggars, Vagabonds, Cheaters, Cripples and Bedlams. [...] Mynt, gold.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Mint c. Gold.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Scoundrel’s Dict. 17: Gold – Mint.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]J. Bell Jr. (ed.) Rhymes of Northern Bards 103: My project is scouted, my Mint’s at a stand.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[US]N.Y. Herald 22 Jan. 6/3–4: Murray said, ‘They can do nothing with us; they could only send us up on the bag; and as to “the mint” (a flash expression for gold coin) say your brother came from California, &c, and stick to the same story.’.

3. a great deal of money.

[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]W.T. Moncrieff All at Coventry I i: Haven’t I had you larnt Latin by Doctor Bushwig? – laid out a mint of money upon you!
[UK](con. 1703) W.H. Ainsworth Jack Sheppard (1917) 35: It’s a diamond, and worth a mint o’ money.
[UK]G.A. Sala Gaslight and Daylight 76: Mr. Scrayles, the eminent corn-chandler (reported to be worth a mint of money).
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 41/2: It was a regular mint to the ‘gun’ who could ‘work it’.
[US]‘Mark Twain’ Life on the Mississippi (1914) 345: There’s mints of money in it [i.e. cattle farming] in Californy.
[UK]Sporting Times 8 Nov. 1/4: ‘Well, your mother cost me a mint of money in gin’.
[Aus]C. Crowe Aus. Sl. Dict. 49: Minty, plenty of money.
[US]‘Hugh McHugh’ You Can Search Me 17: Skinski is out mint, and we’re going to [...] drag a fortune away from Mr. and Mrs. Reub.
[US]H.E. Lee ‘Tough Luck’ Variety Stage Eng. Plays 🌐 Well you dont think I’d be peddling secrets if I owned a mint.
[UK]N. Jacob Man Who Found Himself (1952) 100: Aye, Ah’ll bet those cost a mint!
[UK]D.L. Sayers Nine Tailors (1984) 161: It’ll cost a mint of money.
[US]Kerouac letter 8 Dec. in Charters I (1995) 174: The three of us would come back with a mint.
[UK]F. Norman Fings I i: I do me fair stint / I’m coinin’ a fair mint.
[UK]F. Norman Norman’s London 208: The strippers [...] earn a mint of money, eighty to a hundred pounds a week, tax free, no doubt.
[US]Cab Calloway Of Minnie the Moocher and Me 71: The movie industry was making a mint.
[UK]B. Chatwin Songlines 91: Bruce had made a mint of money.
[Aus]J. Byrell Lairs, Urgers & Coat-Tuggers 93: ‘He made a mint out of backing Poseidon.’.
[UK]Guardian Weekend 10 July 3: That irritating cow H, who did get her novel published and made a mint from it.
[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 57: She’ll make a mint. This place will be a national monument.
[Aus]L. Redhead Rubdown [ebook] Apart from thgeir regular incomes they made a mint in endorsements.
[Scot]I. Welsh Decent Ride 206: Made it big in double glazing [...] Reinvested intae personal insurance [...] Made a mint.

4. a great deal.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 31 Mar. 31/1: Maybe ye’ll want another [track] to bring yer back, seein’ as how it takes some people a mint o’ time to go to even a little place. They wear the road out goin’ there.

5. (US black) a metal slug as once used in a public telephone.

D. Burley in Chicago Defender 31 Oct. 26: revised dictionary mints — Telephone slugs.

In derivatives

minted (adj.)

1. (Scot.) excellent, first-rate.

[UK] M. Munro Patter: Another Blast 44: Ah hear ye passed yer test. That’s minted, wee man .
[Scot]G. Armstrong Young Team 7: A Berghaus [jacket] wid be minted but.

2. wealthy.

[Ire]F. Mac Anna Cartoon City 93: ‘We’ve got champagne,’ Myles said. ‘That’s different,’ Stick said, taking his arm. ‘Why didn’t you say you were minted? Come on girls.’.
[Ire]P. Howard Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress 271: It’s [i.e. money] not a problem to me any more. I’m minted.
[Scot]I. Welsh Decent Ride 189: Ah [...] spondoogles this Lars Simonsen cunt [...] This gadge is fuckin minted!
[Ire]L. McInerney Blood Miracles 111: He suddenly believes sentimentality to be the privilege of the minted.