Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An English gold coin of the value of 10s. 6d., no longer in circulation.
“My Master, Mr Davies, have paid me the half-guinea for the coppy which I lent them to read.”
“Camilla, in retiring, presented, folded in a paper, the guinea, half-guinea, and silver, she had borrowed of Sir Sedley; who received it without presuming at any contest; though not, after what he had heard from Mrs. Arlbery, without reluctance.”
“Offer him money — take this half-guinea for him — complain of your head, to have a pretence to hold it down; and cover your forehead and eyes with your hand, where your handkerchief hides not your face. —”
“She gave the maid something; probably the only half-guinea she had: and then with difficulty, her limbs trembling under her, and supported by Mrs. Rowland, got down stairs.”
“He gave him a half-guinea too, which the servant pocketed with a mixture of wonder and contempt.”
“I gave mamma a very neat brass thimble, and she gave me a half-guinea piece.”
“I laid down my half-guinea upon the table, and stood some time, until one of them bade me begone; to this I replied, “I will when I have got my change:” upon which another threw me five shillings and sixpence, saying, I should not be a true Scotchman if”
“With the assistance of this faithful adherent, who gave me almost all the money he earned, I preserved my half-guinea entire till the day of examination, when I went with a quaking heart to”
“He put his hand into his pouch and brought out a half-guinea, held it up to the crowd, then tossed it into the hat.”
“The Sergeant followed the half-guinea with a quick shower of shillings and pence, raised the hat, then shook it to let the crowd hear the heavy sound of the money inside.”
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