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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Fine as Fivepence.
 
The ancient Saxon shilling was a coin worth 5d. “To dress fine as fivepence” is to dress very smartly. The Saxon shilling was a far better coin than those made of tin, lead, and other inferior metals.   1
 


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