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sixpence

[siks-puh ns] /ˈsɪks pəns/
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 of sixpence
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English sexe pans. See six, pence
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  • Nineteen and sixpence is the price of a return-ticket which covers a month.

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • I am to have ten shillings and sixpence—half a guinea a week!

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • The countryman pays the sixpence, and straightway opens the purse, but he does not find the sixpence therein.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • I ought to add, that the sixpence got clear, the dog swimming away with it.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The full price for a hundred copies of The Joy-bell at sixpence a copy will be, of course, fifty shillings.

    The Palace Beautiful L. T. Meade
  • The doctor's fee is four and sixpence, and you need not consult him often.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • I gave the girls all the pennies I hadthen I offered Sam, who had crept out of the shelter of the table, a sixpence.

    The White Peacock D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • You show me the exact spot, and I'll give you sixpence for smoke.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • “Keep the sixpence, my boy,” said the man, and away went John.

    Curiosities of Impecuniosity H. G. Somerville
British Dictionary definitions for sixpence

sixpence

/ˈsɪkspəns/
noun
1.
a small British cupronickel coin with a face value of six pennies, worth 21/2 (new) pence, not minted since 1970
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Word Origin and History for sixpence
n.

late 14c., "sum of six pennies," from six + pence. As a specific British coin, from 1590s. Sixpenny (adj.) had a figurative sense "paltry, cheap, petty, worthless" by 1560s; sixpenny nails (early 15c.) cost so much per hundred.

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