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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 After it was withdrawn from circulation, "guinea" remained a slang term for 21 shillings.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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I lost no time, I promise you; and when I came back into the round-house, I found the gentleman had taken a money-belt from about his waist, and poured out a guinea or two upon the table.
He had not yet given any sign of noticing the guineas, but in seating himself he had laid his broad right hand on them, and unconsciously kept it in that position, absorbed in the sensations of his palate.
Was ever a promising young man wishing to lay the foundation of his fortune by appropriating his mother's guineas obstructed by such a day-mare as this?
The box for the guineas!" gently sweeping them from Jacob's palm into the box.
How the guineas shone as they came pouring out of the dark leather mouths!
Here Jones interrupted him, saying, "I will be so far from making any words with you, that I will give you a shilling more than your demand." He then gave him a guinea, bid him return to his bed, and wished him a good march; adding, he hoped to overtake them before the division reached Worcester.
I'll beat 'em, if it cost me a thousand guineas. Look over the papers; you may if you like, my dear.
"He paid me ten guineas the other day to lunch with him."
I told him I had been very much dissatisfied at my landlady's talking so publicly the day before of what she had nothing to do with; but I supposed she wanted what I owed her, which was about eight guineas, which I had resolved to give her, and had accordingly given it her the same night she talked so foolishly.
I immediately put my hand into my pocket, and, laughing to him, pulled it out, and there was in it three guineas and a half.
Here's the guinea opinion: Suspect, in this case, the very last person on whom suspicion could possibly fall."
I take your opinions for granted, and I tell you how I should set to work myself if they were my opinions too--and that's a guinea's-worth, a devilish good guinea's-worth to a rich man like you!"