Meaning of Peter's pence

Pe'ter's pence'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. an annual tax or tribute, originally of a penny, paid by certain English property owners to the papal see until the Reformation.
  2. a voluntary contribution to the pope, made by Roman Catholics.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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