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pennyweight:

see English units of measurementEnglish units of measurement,
principal system of weights and measures used in a few nations, the only major industrial one being the United States. It actually consists of two related systems—the U.S.
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pennyweight

[′pen·ē‚wāt]
(mechanics)
A unit of mass equal to ¹⁄₂₀ troy ounce or to 1.55517384 grams; the term is employed in the United States and in England for the valuation of silver, gold, and jewels. Abbreviated dwt; pwt.
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corn (weight) 5 [0.4] 125 [1.4] - - dra(ch)m - 567 [6.2] - - grain - 16 [0.2] - - ounce 17 [1.2] 248 [2.7] 35 [1.2] 9 [0.1] pennyweight 1 [0.07] 1 [0.01] 3 [0.1] 3 [0.03] pound 1 [0.07] 128 [1.4] 16 [0.6] 19 [0.2] scruple - 133 [1.5] - - sixter - - - 1 [0.01] TOTAL 2 [1.7] 1,218 [13-4] 54 [1.9] 32 [0.3] Table 5.
That comes to 248lb, or 3,968oz, or 79,360 troy system pennyweights. So the Beeb has paid 2,520 pennies per pennyweight.
His most recent book is Pennyweight Windows: New and Selected Poems (Alice James, 2005).
These pennyweight windows, & I never knew the sun
Later there was some controversy as to whether it had beaten Cheshire''s Kelvin Archer''s 16-year-old world record due to the method of weighing - in drams and grains as opposed to pennyweights and grains.