MEANING: noun:
1. Money, especially in a form that has an intrinsic value (for example, coins made from precious metals as opposed to paper money).
2. Type or kind (used in the phrase “in specie” meaning “in a similar manner”).

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin species (appearance, form, kind), from specere (to look). Earliest documented use: 1551.

SPECIE - another counterexample to "I before E except after C..."

SPECOE - answer to "What kind of tea did you say this is?"

SPECIME - a sample children's TV program which takes place on a street