E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A penny coined by William Wood, to whom George I. granted letters patent for the purpose. (See DRAPIERS LETTERS.).
Sir Walters [Scott] real belief in Scotch onepound notes may be advantageously contrasted with Swifts forced frenzy about Woods half-pence, more especially as Swift really did understand the defects of Woods scheme, and Sir Walter was absolutely ignorant of the currency controversy in which he engaged.The Times.