pound sterling

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /paʊnd ˈstɜː(ɹ).lɪŋ/

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The sterling was originally a silver penny. 240 of them made a pound.

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pound sterling (plural pounds sterling)

  1. The currency of the United Kingdom.
    • 1668 July 3rd, James Dalrymple, “Thomas Rue contra Andrew Houſtoun” in The Deciſions of the Lords of Council & Seſſion I (Edinburgh, 1683), page 547
      Andrew Houſtoun and Adam Muſhet, being Tackſmen of the Excize, did Imploy Thomas Rue to be their Collector, and gave him a Sallary of 30. pound Sterling for a year.

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