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PENNY. The name of an English coin of the value of one-twelfth part of a shilling. While the United States were colonies, each adopted a monetary system composed of pounds, shillings, and pence. The penny varied in value in the different colonies.

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Obviously the rights and copyright to the bands' names are worth a pretty penny and worth fighting over.
His adventures begin when he makes two friends: a pretty penny named Betty and a wise quarter named George.
Mel's beaded wraparound skirt is by Brusselsbased Italian/ Belgian designer Anthony Vaccarello and costs a pretty penny or two (we are talking four figures).
Edward Hopper did a painting of Pretty Penny in 1939.
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Pretty Penny has dropped to a very lenient mark after failing to build on January's thoroughly convincing course-and-distance success under Felix de Giles, which was achieved off a mark of 70.
30 ( ANI ): British Prime Minister David Cameron could probably save himself a pretty penny by actually purchasing his own white tie and tails, rather than renting them, according to a report.
They came to Illinois from out of state and I'm sure they paid a pretty penny for those tags.
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You're paying a pretty penny to smoke in New York City.