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Crown

A former coin in the United Kingdom equal in value to five shillings, or 1/4 of one British pound. The last crown was minted in 1965. Following decimalization in 1971, a 25-pence coin was minted to replace the crown. Informally, crowns were called dollars, recalling the time when one pound was worth four U.S. dollars.
References in classic literature ?
Swallow, Swallow, little Swallow, will you not bring her the ruby out of my sword-hilt?
Swallow, Swallow, little Swallow," said the Prince, "will you not stay with me for one night, and be my messenger?
But the Happy Prince looked so sad that the little Swallow was sorry.
So the Swallow picked out the great ruby from the Prince's sword, and flew away with it in his beak over the roofs of the town.
Then the Swallow flew back to the Happy Prince, and told him what he had done.
And the little Swallow began to think, and then he fell asleep.
To-night I go to Egypt," said the Swallow, and he was in high spirits at the prospect.
I will wait with you one night longer," said the Swallow, who really had a good heart.
Dear Prince," said the Swallow, "I cannot do that"; and he began to weep.
So the Swallow plucked out the Prince's eye, and flew away to the student's garret.
It is winter," answered the Swallow, "and the chill snow will soon be here.
I will stay with you one night longer," said the Swallow, "but I cannot pluck out your eye.