sixpence

[siks-puhns]
noun, plural sixpence, sixpences for 2.
1.
(used with a singular or plural verb) British. a sum of six pennies.
2.
(used with a singular verb) a cupronickel coin of the United Kingdom, the half of a shilling, formerly equal to six pennies: equal to two and one-half new pence after decimalization in 1971.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English sexe pans. See six, pence

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sixpence (ˈsɪkspəns)
 
n
a small British cupronickel coin with a face value of six pennies, worth 2½ (new) pence, not minted since 1970

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Example sentences
If you are not found out, you shall have a present of seven-and-sixpence to start life with as a lady in a shop.
And then don't forget farthings, sixpence and guineas.
The devout works in the study were jumbled with seven pamphlets valued at sixpence.
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