half-crown


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half-crown

a British silver or cupronickel coin worth two shillings and sixpence (now equivalent to 12½p), taken out of circulation in 1970
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I hadn't any half-crowns to spare for tips," he remarked grimly.
He loved the guineas best, but he would not change the silver--the crowns and half-crowns that were his own earnings, begotten by his labour; he loved them all.
If you do I shall get out of it just as I got out of the half-crowns, and Miss Wilson will begin to think that you are mad.
Grant will just do; and though we play but half-crowns, you know, you may bet half-guineas with him.
Freddy had half a quid and his friend had four half-crowns.
Here is your money--all shillings, except two half-crowns.
Hitherto in his own life his wants had been supplied without any trouble to himself, and his first impulse was always to be liberal with half-crowns as matters of no importance to a gentleman; it had never occurred to him to devise a plan for getting half-crowns.
I opened the paper at the end of one of the rulers, and found that it was composed of half-crowns.
Let me see,' said Mr Curdle; 'twice four's eight--four shillings a-piece to the boxes, Miss Snevellicci, is exceedingly dear in the present state of the drama--three half-crowns is seven-and-six; we shall not differ about sixpence, I suppose?
Two to one in half-crowns on the big un," says Rattle, one of the amateurs, a tall fellow, in thunder-and-lightning waistcoat, and puffy, good-natured face.
It became a not unusual circumstance for letters to be put under his door at night, enclosing half-a-crown, two half-crowns, now and then at long intervals even half-a-sovereign, for the Father of the Marshalsea.
Two half-crowns and a sixpence," said Tom, promptly.