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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
He reached into a drawer, pulled out an invoice from England and said, "Do you see those denominations or yards, feet and inches, gallons and pints, two kinds of ounces, grains and pennyweights, the whole summed up in pounds, shillings and pence?
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.