Sterling

Term used for the fineness of coins. Once thought to be so called because some coins had a star; another suggested derivation was from *Easterlings, who were coiners brought to England by Henry II to improve the currency. Foreign copies of the English *penny known as 'esterling' were esp. common in the late 13c. In 1213, when King John swore fealty to the pope, he also swore to pay for ever mille marcas sterlingorum = 1,000 marks of sterling. Now, however, it is suggested sterling is derived from OldEngl. steor = firm.

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  • sterling — ster‧ling [ˈstɜːlɪŋ ǁ ˈstɜːr ] noun [uncountable] FINANCE the system of money in Britain, based on the pound: • Sterling was trading at $1.6490, up from $1.6470. • His salary is paid in pounds sterling. * * * Ⅰ. sterling UK US /ˈstɜːlɪŋ/ noun [U …   Financial and business terms

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  • Sterling — Ster ling, n. [OE. sterlynge, starling, for easterling, LL. esterlingus, probably from Easterling, once the popular name of German trades in England, whose money was of the purest quality: cf. MHG. sterlink a certain coin. Cf. {East}. Certain… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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