One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A former British coin and monetary unit equal to two shillings and sixpence.
- ‘A gilded silver twopence might well pass for a gold half-crown to the unwary.’
- ‘Canon McHugh, presented each of us with a half-crown, the equivalent of twenty-five pence in today's currency, which at that time was indeed a princely sum.’
- ‘Several decades later, Thornborough gave Whitacre a half-crown in exchange for a grain of rye that was to be doubled in number each week for a year.’
- ‘I was not consulted about the abolition of the crown, or the half-crown.’
- ‘Those savings would be made up of the sovereigns, florins, half-crowns, and the smaller silver he received over the years for his smithy work.’
half crown/ˈˌhaf ˈkroun/
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