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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A 16th-century French silver coin.
  • n. An English coin stamped with the image of Henry VIII's head. In this sense, also called tester3.

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  • n. A tester; a sixpence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tester; a sixpence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A silver coin of Louis XII. of France.
  • n. A name given both officially and popularly to the shilling coined by Henry VIII., from its resemblance in appearance and value to the French coin. The value of the coin was reduced later to sixpence. Also testoon.

Etymologies

French, from Italian testone, augmentative of testa, head, from Late Latin, skull, from Latin, shell.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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