Pfennig Halbpfennig

Literally: penny half-penny, implying here an insignificant political entity. “Tuppeny ha’penny” is a good British slang description of anything inferior and trivial (234). Barker (26) and Bradley (48) note a historical model: Landgraf Wilhelm of Hesse Cassel, who decreed that revenue collections should avoid fractions of a pfennig and round up to the next full pfennig. This petty avarice inspired his subjects to nickname him “Halbpfennig.”

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The grand duke’s duchy
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Characters