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half sovereign

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noun
  1. a gold coin of the United Kingdom, discontinued in 1917, equal to 10 shillings.

Origin of half sovereign

First recorded in 1495–1505
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Historical Examples

  • He also received his dismissal, his half-sovereign, and the order to wait.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • He placed the half-sovereign on the bottle as he passed it to her.

  • Five sovereigns and a half-sovereign dropped out on the table.

    Tom, Dick and Harry

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • Holmes took a half-sovereign from his pocket and played with it pensively.

    A Study In Scarlet

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • "There's a half-sovereign for you," my companion said, standing up and taking his hat.

    A Study In Scarlet

    Arthur Conan Doyle