Why is It Called a 16 Penny Nail?

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From what I know, it is called a 16 penny nail because it used to cost the English pennies to buy 100 nails. Now, they use it as a measurement of the length of a nail. Most 16 penny nails are 3.5 inches and 44 nails will weigh around a pound.
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A LONG time ago, you could buy 100 10 penny nails for 10 cents OR 100 16 penny
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It is a measure of the size of the nail, the term dating back to the 1500s. The penny nail size was originally the price in pennies of 100 nails of that size.
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A "penny" is measurement for nails originating in 15th century England. The larger the number before "penny", the bigger the nail.
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In the US, the length and diameter of a nail is designated by its penny size. This unit's abbreviation is d (e.g. 10d for 10 penny nails) as for British pence before decimalization.
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