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shilling

1. a former British and Australian silver or cupronickel coin worth one twentieth of a pound: not minted in Britain since 1970
2. the standard monetary unit of Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda: divided into 100 cents
3. an old monetary unit of the US varying in value in different states
4. Scot an indication of the strength and character of a beer, referring to the price after duty that was formerly paid per barrel

Shilling

 

(1) A British coin and monetary unit in use until the decimal monetary system was introduced in February 1971; equal to 12 pence, or 1/20 pound sterling. Shillings were minted in silver until 1946 and in a copper-nickel alloy until 1971. They circulated in British colonies and in the countries of the Commonwealth, including Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland, where they constituted 1/20 of the local monetary unit.

(2) The monetary unit of Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda since 1966 and of Somalia since 1960; equal to 100 cents. According to the rate of exchange set by the State Bank of the USSR in January 1978,100 Somalian shillings = 11.37 rubles.

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Then the servants, at Captain Hull's command, heaped double handfuls of shillings into one side of the scales, while Betsey remained in the other.
"There, son Sewall!" cried the honest mint-master, resuming his seat in Grandfather's chair, "take these shillings for my daughter's portion.
At the mention of the five shillings he cried out so loud that I made up my mind I should say nothing of the other two, and was glad he could not see my blushes.
'That is as much as to say that you had rather not accept the place, and that you consider fifteen shillings a week too little,' said Mr Gregsbury, ringing.
That Mrs Kenwigs, impelled by gratitude, or ambition, or maternal pride, or maternal love, or all four powerful motives conjointly, had taken secret conference with Mr Kenwigs, and had finally returned to propose that Mr Johnson should instruct the four Miss Kenwigses in the French language as spoken by natives, at the weekly stipend of five shillings, current coin of the realm; being at the rate of one shilling per week, per each Miss Kenwigs, and one shilling over, until such time as the baby might be able to take it out in grammar.
"Good fellow am I not when it cometh to lose ten shillings! Pay me that thou owest me in broad money, or else leave thy coat and bag and hammer; yet, I wot they are not worth ten shillings, and I shall lose thereby.
On a Saturday night, which was my grand treat, - partly because it was a great thing to walk home with six or seven shillings in my pocket, looking into the shops and thinking what such a sum would buy, and partly because I went home early, - Mrs.
I had two or three shillings of my week's money in my pocket - from which I presume that it must have been on a Wednesday night when we held this conversation - and I hastily produced them, and with heartfelt emotion begged Mrs.
Now sir, you know me: you'll sell Harkaway to us for five shillings, or you'll repent it."
"Will you sell now for ten shillings?" says one boy who is relenting.
I say, John, here’s a shilling; take my rifle, and get a shot at the big turkey they’ve put up at the stump.
But the poor fellow shall have two shots at the turkey, if he wants it, for I’ll give him another shilling myself; though, per haps, I had better offer to shoot for him.