would you please say what's the meaning of the phrase" the coin of the realm" in the sentence blow? is it an idiom or sth. ?
"Heading for the sea-coast, with a haste several sheriff's posses might possibly have explained, and with more nerve than coin of the realm, he succeeded in shipping from a Puget Sound port, and managed to survive the contingent miseries of steerage sea-sickness and steerage grub."
I'd be glad you illustrate the whole saentence's meaning that comes from the story of " at the rainbow's end " by Jack London.
Here's my best guess:
"coin of the realm" refers to currency, and "nerve", in that context, means, stamina;i.e., Montana Kid was more than able enough to endure or withstand the hardship of the sea voyage.
"posses", a group of people summoned by a sheriff to aid in law enforcement, a search party.
"succeeded in shipping" means, traveled by ship or by boat.
"contingent" means, liable to occur but not with certainty, possible.
"steerage", the section of a passenger ship, originally near the rudder, providing the cheapest passenger accommodations.