from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An English gold coin of the value of 10s. 6d., no longer in circulation.


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  • My Master, Mr Davies, have paid me the half-guinea for the coppy which I lent them to read.

    Letter 30

  • 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. —

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • 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.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • He gave him a half-guinea too, which the servant pocketed with a mixture of wonder and contempt.

    Vanity Fair

  • I gave mamma a very neat brass thimble, and she gave me a half-guinea piece.

    The Fatal Boots

  • 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

    The Adventures of Roderick Random

  • 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

    The Adventures of Roderick Random

  • 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.

    Sharpe's Regiment

  • 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.

    Sharpe's Regiment


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