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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Penny  \Pen*ny\,  n.;  pl  {Pennies}or  {Pence}.  Pennies  denotes  the 
  number  of  coins;  pence  the  amount  of  pennies  in  value.  [OE. 
  peni,  AS  penig,  pening,  pending;  akin  to  D.  penning,  OHG. 
  pfenning,  pfenting  G.  pfennig,  Icel.  penningr;  of  uncertain 
  origin.] 
  1.  An  English  coin,  formerly  of  copper,  now  of  bronze,  the 
  twelfth  part  of  an  English  shilling  in  account  value,  and 
  equal  to  four  farthings,  or  about  two  cents;  --  usually 
  indicated  by  the  abbreviation  d.  (the  initial  of 
  denarius). 
 
  Note:  ``The  chief  Anglo-Saxon  coin,  and  for  a  long  period  the 
  only  one  corresponded  to  the  denarius  of  the  Continent 
  .  .  .  [and  was]  called  penny,  denarius,  or  denier.'' 
  --R.  S.  Poole.  The  ancient  silver  penny  was  worth  about 
  three  pence  sterling  (see  {Pennyweight}).  The  old 
  Scotch  penny  was  only  one  twelfth  the  value  of  the 
  English  coin.  In  the  United  States  the  word  penny  is 
  popularly  used  for  cent. 
 
  2.  Any  small  sum  or  coin;  a  groat;  a  stiver.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  Money,  in  general;  as  to  turn  an  honest  penny. 
 
  What  penny  hath  Rome  borne,  What  men  provided,  what 
  munition  sent?  --Shak. 
 
  4.  (Script.)  See  {Denarius}. 
 
  {Penny  cress}  (Bot.),  an  annual  herb  of  the  Mustard  family, 
  having  round,  flat  pods  like  silver  pennies  ({Thlaspi 
  arvense}).  --Dr.  Prior. 
 
  {Penny  dog}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  kind  of  shark  found  on  the  South 
  coast  of  Britain:  the  tope. 
 
  {Penny  father},  a  penurious  person;  a  niggard.  [Obs.] 
  --Robinson  (More's  Utopia). 
 
  {Penny  grass}  (Bot.),  pennyroyal.  [R.] 
 
  {Penny  post},  a  post  carrying  a  letter  for  a  penny;  also  a 
  mail  carrier. 
 
  {Penny  wise},  wise  or  prudent  only  in  small  matters;  saving 
  small  sums  while  losing  larger;  --  used  chiefly  in  the 
  phrase,  penny  wise  and  pound  foolish. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Pence  \Pence\,  n., 
  pl  of  {Penny}.  See  {Penny}. 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Pence,  WI 
  Zip  code(s):  54550 




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