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schelling, skilling, noun

Forms:
Also schilling, skelling.
Origin:
DutchShow more Dutch schelling, Englished form skilling.
historical
A small Dutch silver coin, current at the Cape during the 18th century and originally worth 6d sterling; the note which replaced this coin; Sk. See also stiver.
1691 Browne in R. Raven-Hart Cape G.H. 1652–1702 II. 388They value noe monie except it bee a skilling or a dubleke with which they buy brandie or tobacco from the Dutch.
1986 J. & I. Rudner tr. of Carl Peter Thunberg 1772–5 121The coins current here..from Europe..which is here always termed the Fatherland (Vaderland), are ducatoons, schellings and doits (Duyten).
A small Dutch silver coin, current at the Cape during the 18th century and originally worth 6d sterling; the note which replaced this coin; Sk.

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