Shilling


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Shilling

1. In the United Kingdom, an informal term for a five pence coin. The term dates back to before decimalization, when a shilling was worth 1/20 of a pound. The term also persists with the same meaning for 1/20 of an Australian dollar.

2. The name of the currency in several Commonwealth countries.
References in classic literature ?
"There, son Sewall!" cried the honest mint-master, resuming his seat in Grandfather's chair, "take these shillings for my daughter's portion.
I had two or three shillings of my week's money in my pocket - from which I presume that it must have been on a Wednesday night when we held this conversation - and I hastily produced them, and with heartfelt emotion begged Mrs.
More than once, when I went there early, I had audience of him in a turn-up bedstead, with a cut in his forehead or a black eye, bearing witness to his excesses over-night (I am afraid he was quarrelsome in his drink), and he, with a shaking hand, endeavouring to find the needful shillings in one or other of the pockets of his clothes, which lay upon the floor, while his wife, with a baby in her arms and her shoes down at heel, never left off rating him.
He solemnly conjured me, I remember, to take warning by his fate; and to observe that if a man had twenty pounds a-year for his income, and spent nineteen pounds nineteen shillings and sixpence, he would be happy, but that if he spent twenty pounds one he would be miserable.
'And the man said it cost himself five shillings,' my mother continues exultantly.
'Four shillings was what I got that chair for,' replies my mother firmly.
"Good fellow am I not when it cometh to lose ten shillings! Pay me that thou owest me in broad money, or else leave thy coat and bag and hammer; yet, I wot they are not worth ten shillings, and I shall lose thereby.
La Banque centrale de Tanzanie a publie lundi les cours de change du shilling tanzanien par rapport aux principales devises.
As well as shilling coins, there were silver sixpenny pieces (tanners), florins (two bob) and half crowns (two and six), which was also known as two and a kick or half a dollar.
Kenya's foreign exchange reserves dropped by over Sh10 billion last week, an aspect financial experts have attributed to mopping up of the shilling which come under pressure early last week.
The apex bank said that the shilling is fairly valued and rejected the IMF's statement that the currency is undervalued.
"It was, I believe, two shillings on a Saturday night and one shilling and sixpence on a Monday to get in to the Oxford.