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Twopenny Dam (A)

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A dám was an Indian coin and weight. Originally a gold mohur contained sixteen dáms; a punchee was = the quarter of a dam, and a bárahgáni = half a punchee. Putting this in a tabular form, it would be thus:—

2 bárahgánis = 1 punchee.

4 punchees = 1 dam (worth in its diminished value about 2 pence).

16 dams = 1 gold mohur.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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