Queen's shilling

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Queen’s shilling

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A coin, which, if accepted from a recruiting 0officer obliged the recipient to serve in the British army. Recruiting sergeants in the 18th century would ply likely young men with drink and if they could persuade them to take the shilling, they were in fact accepting army pay. This ranked as a binding agreement from which escape was very difficult.

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