Middle English Dictionary Entry

sterling n.
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(a) The English silver penny; -- also coll.; also, the value of such a coin [quot. 1469, 2nd occurrence]; lushe-burgh ~, a light coin imported from Luxembourg and used to counterfeit the English penny; rounde ~, an undamaged, unclipped penny; (b) the standard unit used for reckoning in lawful English currency, the English money of account; marke (shilling, etc.) of sterlinges; pounde of sterlinges, a pound sterling; (c) as quasi-adj.: of lawful English money; markes (poundes, etc.) sterling(es; (d) a pennyweight; ~ peni.