death penny


Definition of death penny

1 : a coin placed with a buried corpse as if to pay passage to the otherworld

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First Known Use of death penny

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Death penny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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