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Guinea

A gold coin issued in the United Kingdom between 1663 and 1816. From 1717 on, its value was fixed by law at 21 shillings, or just over one British pound. After it was withdrawn from circulation, "guinea" remained a slang term for 21 shillings. After decimalization, the term was still used in horse racing and the sale of rams to mean 1.05 pounds.
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How the guineas shone as they came pouring out of the dark leather mouths
Lunn's, whose pretty daughter Sally had been an early flame of his, and, when the church-goers were at a safe distance, to abstract the guineas from their wooden box and slip them into a small canvas bag--nothing easier than to call to the cowboy that he was going, and tell him to keep an eye on the house for fear of Sunday tramps.
If he could only be kept so occupied with the lozenges as not to see the guineas before David could manage to cover them
George finds, than to bear a hand in carrying him downstairs, for when he is replaced in his conveyance, he is so loquacious on the subject of the guineas and retains such an affectionate hold of his button --having, in truth, a secret longing to rip his coat open and rob him--that some degree of force is necessary on the trooper's part to effect a separation.
He paid me ten guineas the other day to lunch with him.
The other swept back the guineas into the belt, and put it on again under his waistcoat.
And as if all this were not enough, he had a belt full of golden guineas round his loins.
Take care of your farthings, old Tinker, and your guineas will come quite nat'ral.
I was not going to inquire where the guineas came from.
As for the gold, I spent whole hours in looking upon it; I told the guineas over and over a thousand times a day.
It's amazing what places they used to put the guineas in, wrapped up in rags.
I'll bet you ten guineas to five, he cuts his throat,' said Wilkins Flasher, Esquire.