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 Copper Nose.Copperheads. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Copper-nosed Harry.
Henry VIII. When Henry VIII. had spent all the money left him by his miserly father, he minted an inferior silver coin, in which the copper alloy soon showed itself on the more prominent parts, especially the nose of the face; and hence the people soon called the king “Old Copper-nose.”   1

 Copper Nose.Copperheads. 


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