aqua fortis

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acid used especially in the production of fertilizers and explosives and rocket fuels

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If metaphors require difference, this one seems to collapse into itself, because the aquafortis whose function is supposed to be figurative in his formulation also has a literal meaning in relation to money; it was used to produce counterfeit coins.
Coins could also be placed together in a bag and shaken vigorously to produce metal dust, a process that was called "sweating"; or they could be "washed," a process that used acid, perhaps aquafortis, to remove some of the precious metal without altering the image on the coin.
Money is like aquafortis, and the monetary system produces anxieties similar to forms of counterfeit in which the outward appearance does not resemble the inner content.
In 1725 an amateur chemist was tried for conducting experiments to diminish guineas using aquafortis (Gaskill, 150).