One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A unit of weight, 24 grains or one twentieth of an ounce troy.
- ‘Gold is measured using troy weights (as opposed to the more familiar avoirdupois weights): 24 grains make a pennyweight, and 20 pennyweights make a 31.1-gram troy ounce.’
- ‘One troy pound weighs 373.25 g and is subdivided into troy ounces, pennyweight and grains (gr, 24 in a pennyweight).’
- ‘Both agreed there was gold - one suggesting up to two and a half ounces per ton of quartz, the other ‘equal to one ounce eleven pennyweights per ton.’’
- ‘They are each to be of the value of half a cent, and to contain five pennyweights and a half a pennyweight of copper.’
- ‘The measured weights of these nut spoons are nine and seven pennyweights, respectively, below the average weight of this piece.’
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