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"Waraq" appears to mean primarily "leaf", and then extends into paper, sheet, folio etc. Maybe it also means a beaten sheet of silver.

It could be that "waraq" is a Persian word, and "warak" (admittedly I don't know the Arabic spelling, where "k" could be different from "q") is an Arabic word. The fact that both can mean a kind of money could be coincidence. Or the "sheet" aspect was borrowed into Persian from Arabic.

That seems unlikely though. I think it is probably coincidence, like the consonance between dinar and denaro, two different things but both names for the same suit.

And "dollar" is simply a denotation of currency, and does not distinguish its metal or paper forms, even though initially it was a type of coin (Dutch "thaler").
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