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    #1

    a large quantity of church plate

    'The thieves got away with a large quantity of church plate.'

    What does "a large quantity of church plate" mean? Did they steal expensive church plate? And maybe big church plate or much money on the plate?

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    Re: a large quantity of church plate

    It's hard to guess without more context.
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    #3

    Re: a large quantity of church plate

    Without context, I'd take it to mean either a large amount of money stolen from the collection plate, or perhaps they stole a bunch of gold and silver plated ritual wares.
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