Peter pence

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An annual tax or tribute, formerly paid by the English people to the pope, being a penny for every house, payable on Lammas or St.Peter's day; - called also Rome scot, and hearth money.
In modern times, a voluntary contribution made by Roman Catholics to the private purse of the pope.

See also: Peter, Peter

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.