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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
D or d,
indicating a penny or pence, is the initial letter of the Latin dena’rius, a silver coin equal to 8 3/4d. during the commonwealth of Rome, but in the Middle Ages about equivalent to our penny. The word was used by the Romans for money in general.   1


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