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.
1731 G. Medley tr. of P. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H. II. 8At an Auction of Horses at the Cape in the year 1712, I saw three of those Horses..sold for Eighteen Dutch Schellings.
1786 G. Forster tr. of A. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H. II. 245A number of these [wethers]..they dispose of yearly, at the rate of from six schellings to a dollar the head, Dutch money.
1795 J.H. Craig in G.M. Theal Rec. of Cape Col. (1897) I. 278A very considerable difficulty is experienced in the Province, for want of a smaller currency than a skilling (6d) which is at present the lowest in circulation.
1798 S.H. Wilcocke tr. of J.S. Stavorinus’s Voy. to E. Indies I. 569The coins which are current in Holland, are equally so here...Sesthalfs (pieces of 5½ stivers) go for skillings (pieces of six stivers).
1806 D. Baird in G.M. Theal Rec. of Cape Col. (1899) V. 433The Quarter Guilder is to pass for Six Stivers Currency, or be equal in value to the present Paper Skilling.
1822 W.J. Burchell Trav. I. 78The only money in general circulation, is small printed and countersigned pieces of paper, bearing value from the trifling sum of one schelling, or sixpence currency, upwards to five hundred rix-dollars each.
1843 J.C. Chase Cape of G.H. 188The schelling, eight of which go to the rix-dollar, of the value of twopence farthing each.
1888 Cape Punch 21 Mar. 174When the adjutant calls the roll of the Royal Irish Fusiliers, why is he like a Dutch miser? Because he’s counting in his skillings.
1965 A. Gordon-Brown S. Afr. Heritage IV. 7An early Cape shopkeeper kept his account in rix-dollars, skillings and stuivers.
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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