LIVRE

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LIVRE ; an ancient French coin. Ths word is derived from the Latin libra (q. v.), a pound. It appears as early as 810 B. C. At first, the livre was divided into 20 solidos; afterwards into 10 sous; in Italy, into 20 soldi; in Spain, into 20 sueldos, as the old German pound into 20 schillinge, and the English into 20 shillings. The livre was, at first, of high value. The revolution changed the name into franc. (See Franc, and Coins.)