nine-pence

ninepence

[nahyn-pens, -puhns]
noun
1.
(used with a plural verb) British, nine pennies.
2.
a former shilling of Great Britain, issued under Elizabeth I for use in Ireland, debased so that it was used in England as a ninepenny piece.

Origin:
1540–50; nine + pence

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