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pine tree shilling

noun

  1. a silver coin minted in Massachusetts in the mid to late 17th century, named for the pine tree within a circle shown on the obverse side.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of pine tree shilling1

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30

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Example Sentences

The old people were displeased with the match and cut Rebecca off with "one pine tree shilling."

They were two old pieces of ringing Spanish silver, a tiny golden coin of Hindostan, a dime, and a pine-tree shilling.

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