One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A coin issued during a Second Period Coinage (1558–60) of Mary, Queen of Scots; specifically a twelve-penny groat issued (1558–9) in the names of Mary and of Francis of France.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Works. From post-classical Latin non sunt they are not, two words of the legend on the reverse of the coin, which runs iam. non. svnt. dvo. sed. vna. caro. ‘they are no more twayn, but one flesshe’ (Matthew 19:6, Geneva Bible, 1557) from classical Latin nōn not + sunt they are, 3rd plural present indicative of esse to be.
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