Borrowed from Russian алты́н (altýn), either from Tatar алты (altı, “six”), referring to six dengas (six half-kopeks), or from Tatar алтын (altın, “gold”). These small coins were never minted in gold; however, compare the semantic evolution of Latin solidus from a Roman gold coin to a medieval silver shilling.
altyn (plural altyns)
- (numismatics) An obsolete Russian coin worth three kopeks.
- A proposed common currency for the Eurasian Economic Union.