An English coin representing 2s., or the tenth of a sovereign,
issued in 1849. Camden informs us that Edward III. issued gold florins
worth 6s., in 1337. The word is generally supposed to be derived from
Florence; but as it had a lily on one side, probably it is connected
with the Latin flos, a flower. (See Graceless Florin.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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