galley halfpenny


Definition of galley halfpenny

: a small base silver denier from Genoa that circulated in England in the 13th and 14th centuries

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History and Etymology for galley halfpenny

Middle English galey halfpeni, from galey, galeie galley + halfpeni halfpenny; from its alleged introduction to London by Genoese traders

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“Galley halfpenny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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