half-sovereign love


from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A British gold coin worth 10 shillings, and weighing about 61,6372 grains troy. See sovereign.


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  • They possess neither conscience nor sentiment, and they will kill for a half-sovereign, without fear or favour, if they are given but half a chance.


  • He is very severe upon ‘the pampered minion of fortune,’ who refused him the half-sovereign referred to in the enclosure number two — but he knows me better.

    Reprinted Pieces

  • “No expense to be spared,” he murmured, disgorging the half-sovereign.

    The Wheels of Chance: a bicycling idyll

  • Once, a lady gave her a half-sovereign, which was a source of great pain and anxiety to Goody Twoshoes.

    Roundabout Papers

  • The mode of distributing the money had been arranged; but the conservative tailor had been too acute, and not a half-sovereign could be passed.

    The Duke's Children

  • “And did the poor old woman get her half-sovereign?”

    Phineas Redux

  • He lit a cigarette, gave me a half-sovereign, and walked off towards Melbourne.

    The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

  • I walked back and placed myself where he had stood, imitated all his movements held the half-sovereign up to my moistened eyes, inspected it on both sides, and began to swear — to swear at the top of my voice, that there was no manner of doubt that what I held in my hand was half-a-sovereign.


  • Might it not just as well be a matter of indifference whether I returned the half-sovereign or not?


  • When he was handing me the half-sovereign, I saw he had a diamond ring on the forefinger of his right hand.

    The Mystery of a Hansom Cab


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