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half sovereign

a gold coin of the United Kingdom, discontinued in 1917, equal to 10 shillings.
Origin of half sovereign
1495-1505 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And there Fanny sat gazing on the half-sovereign, as if she was half stupefied.

    Fanny, the Flower-Girl Selina Bunbury
  • Holmes took a half-sovereign from his pocket and played with it pensively.

    A Study In Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "It wasn't a sovereign; it was a half-sovereign," corrected Floss.

    "Carrots:" Mrs. Molesworth
  • "There's a half-sovereign for you," my companion said, standing up and taking his hat.

    A Study In Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Little his comrade knew what that half-sovereign had cost him!

    Reginald Cruden Talbot Baines Reed
  • Why did he have those three stones set in the half-sovereign?

    A Coin of Edward VII Fergus Hume
  • He said we might certainly have the half-sovereign, and he hoped we should enjoy ourselves with our treasure-trove.

  • I was ready for him—tickets, Peterkin's half-sovereign, and all.

    Peterkin Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • The wideawake then and there spun up into the air, even as the half-sovereign had spun before it.

    A Bride from the Bush E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  • Take this half-sovereign and get me some cold meat and beer for supper.

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome

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