Meaning of GOD'S PENNY in English

GOD'S PENNY

noun

Usage: often capitalized G

Etymology: Middle English godes peny

: a penny or small sum paid as earnest money especially on concluding a purchase or hiring a servant

among merchants the god's penny binds the contract of sale — Frederick Pollock & F.W.Maitland

— called also argentum dei, denarius dei, denier à dieu

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