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1. a former British coin, originally silver and later cupronickel, equivalent to ten (new) pence
2. the standard monetary unit of Aruba, divided into 100 cents
3. (formerly) another name for guilder
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(1) A gold coin minted in Florence from 1252 to 1533, which later circulated in a number of European countries, including England and France. The florin weighed approximately 3.5 g.

(2) A silver coin minted in Florence in the late 12th and 13th centuries and weighing about 1.8 g.

(3) A silver coin issued in the mid-19th century in Great Britain; it weighed about 11.3 g and was valued at two shillings.

(4) An alternative name for the Dutch gulden and the Italian ducat.

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