threepence

[ thrip-uh ns, threp-, thruhp-; three-pens ]
/ ˈθrɪp əns, ˈθrɛp-, ˈθrʌp-; ˈθriˌpɛns /

noun

(used with a singular or plural verb) British. a sum of three pennies.
a former cupronickel coin of the United Kingdom, a quarter of a shilling, equal to three pennies: use phased out after decimalization in 1971.

Origin of threepence

First recorded in 1580–90; three + pence
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