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I'm programming a web application and I need to name the "class of things" that are notes and coins.

So far the best I could find was "currency piece".

Is that the correct way of naming the notes and coins of a currency? Are there any alternatives?

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I would go with cash, which is defined by NOAD as “money in coins or notes, as distinct from checks, money orders, or credit: the staff were paid in cash | a discount for cash

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Cash! Of course! Thanks a lot! –  egarcia Feb 15 '11 at 10:48
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