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.