Could being accused of filching a fragile old lady out of her pennies spell the end for Nicolas Sarkozy?
He says his love for poker comes from his parents, who played with pennies when he was a little boy growing up in Montreal.
You see, what killed that business was when we went to pennies.
By selling to me [for pennies on the dollar], they are taking the pressure off the brand.
I decided to try to make another bank, get pennies of my own.
I imagine it is the pennies of the poor that mainly fill its war chest.
There were nine half-pennies, three pennies, a threepenny bit and a sixpence.
"Very well," said the cook, and he counted out the two hundred pennies, and Babo slipped them into his pocket.
Every member of the party had his or her pennies ready, and dropped them into the boxes.
You saw the sixpences, which I shall never forget, and the pennies, which I will never forgive!
Old English pening, penig, Northumbrian penning "penny," from Proto-Germanic *panninggaz (cf. Old Norse penningr, Swedish pänning, Danish penge, Old Frisian panning, Old Saxon pending, Middle Dutch pennic, Dutch penning, Old High German pfenning, German Pfennig, not recorded in Gothic, where skatts is used instead), of unknown origin.
Offa's reformed coinage on light, broad flans is likely to have begun c.760-5 in London, with an awareness of developments in Francia and East Anglia. ... The broad flan penny established by Offa remained the principal denomination, with only minor changes, until the fourteenth century. [Anna Gannon, "The Iconography of Early Anglo-Saxon Coinage," Oxford, 2003]The English coin was originally set at one-twelfth of a shilling and was of silver, later copper, then bronze. There are two plural forms: pennies of individual coins, pence collectively. In translations it rendered various foreign coins of small denomination, especially Latin denarius, whence comes its abbreviation d.
(Gr. denarion), a silver coin of the value of about 7 1/2d. or 8d. of our present money. It is thus rendered in the New Testament, and is more frequently mentioned than any other coin (Matt. 18:28; 20:2, 9, 13; Mark 6:37; 14:5, etc.). It was the daily pay of a Roman soldier in the time of Christ. In the reign of Edward III. an English penny was a labourer's day's wages. This was the "tribute money" with reference to which our Lord said, "Whose image and superscription is this?" When they answered, "Caesar's," he replied, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God the things that are God's" (Matt. 22:19; Mark 12:15).