halfpence


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half·pen·ny

 (hā′pə-nē, hāp′nē)
n. pl. half·pence (hā′pəns) or half·pen·nies
1.
a. A British coin worth one half of a new penny.
b. A British coin worth one half of an old penny, no longer in circulation.
2. The sum of one half of a penny.
References in classic literature ?
"Ah, and I should have halfpence, and we'd play at heads-and-tails," said Tom, not contemplating the possibility that this recreation might have fewer charms for his mature age.
I would not draw lots however, and in the night the sailor whispered to Helmar again and again, and I sat in the bows with my clasp-knife in my hand, though I doubt if I had the stuff in me to fight; and in the morning I agreed to Helmar's proposal, and we handed halfpence to find the odd man.
The first act of this Sage, was, to administer to the effects of his predecessor, by disinterring all the cheese and halfpence he had buried in the garden--a work of immense labour and research, to which he devoted all the energies of his mind.