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SHILLING, Eng. law. The name of an English coin, of the value of one twentieth part of a pound. In the United States, while they were colonies, there were coins of this denomination, but they greatly varied in their value.
A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.