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Wood’s Halfpence

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A penny coined by William Wood, to whom George I. granted letters patent for the purpose. (See Drapier’s Letters.).

Sir Walter’s [Scott] real belief in Scotch onepound notes may be advantageously contrasted with Swift’s forced frenzy about Wood’s half-pence, more especially as Swift really did understand the defects of Wood’s scheme, and Sir Walter was absolutely ignorant of the currency controversy in which he engaged.”—The Times.

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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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