To supply the demand, the General Court passed a law for establishing a coinage of shillings
, sixpences, and threepences.
, sir?--four shillings
for this remarkable collection of riddles with the et caeteras.
"I always give the waiter a shilling
. One can't give the fellow less, you know," explained a young government clerk with whom I was lunching the other day in Regent Street.
When therefore, about this time, an auction was one night announced to take place in the hall, at which, amongst the superfluities of other boys, all Diggs's penates for the time being were going to the hammer, East and Tom laid their heads together, and resolved to devote their ready cash (some four shillings
sterling) to redeem such articles as that sum would cover.
!" cries Jones; "why, you just now asked me twenty guineas."--"How!" cries the serjeant, "sure your honour must have mistaken me: or else I mistook myself--and indeed I am but half awake.
It had not yet occurred to her that she might get money for her locket and earrings which she carried with her, and she applied all her small arithmetic and knowledge of prices to calculating how many meals and how many rides were contained in her two guineas, and the odd shillings
, which had a melancholy look, as if they were the pale ashes of the other bright-flaming coin.
a week is not much,' said Nicholas, mildly.
I say, John, here’s a shilling
; take my rifle, and get a shot at the big turkey they’ve put up at the stump.
Here is your money--all shillings
, except two half-crowns.
I was for getting angry, and appealed to the rich man (Hector Maclean was his name), who had been a witness to our bargain and to my payment of the five shillings
. But Maclean had taken his share of the punch, and vowed that no gentleman should leave his table after the bowl was brewed; so there was nothing for it but to sit and hear Jacobite toasts and Gaelic songs, till all were tipsy and staggered off to the bed or the barn for their night's rest.
Quinion then formally engaged me to be as useful as I could in the warehouse of Murdstone and Grinby, at a salary, I think, of six shillings
From the kinky locks of one of the naked young men he drew a hand-carved, fine-toothed comb, the lofty back of which was inlaid with mother-of-pearl, which he later sold in Sydney to a curio shop for eight shillings
. Nose and ear ornaments of bone and turtle-shell he also rifled, as well as a chest-crescent of pearl shell, fourteen inches across, worth fifteen shillings