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AGgressive Metal
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Posted - 06/16/2010 :  20:52:35  Show Profile Send AGgressive Metal a Private Message
People get confused easily by old British coinage. I hope this chart helps.

The "d" is short for denarius which is from the Roman, the value expressed in "p" (pence) show in the list below is the theoretical conversion value in post-decimalization money.

Something that was 1 pound, 13 shillings, 11 pence, and 1 farthing would be expressed 1/13/11. Something that was 4 Shillings would be 4/-, and something 5 Shillings and 4 Pence would be 5/4 and something that was 5 pence would be 5d. A Guinea was 21 Shillings, or 1/1.


Farthing d 0.1p
4 farthings = 1 penny
48 farthings = 1 shilling
960 farthings = 1

Half penny d 0.21p
2 halfpennies = 1 penny
24 halfpennies = 1 shilling
480 halfpennies = 1
Slang: Ha'penny (hay penny)

Penny 1d 0.42p
12 pennies = 1 shilling
240 pennies = 1

Three pence 3d 1.25p
4 x three pence = 1 shilling
80 threepennies = 1
Slang: Thruppenny bit

Six pence 6d 2.5p
2 x six pence = 1 shilling
40 sixpennies = 1
Slang: Tanner

Shilling 1/- 5p
12 pence = 1 shilling
20 shillings = 1
Slang: Bob

Florin 2/- 10p
24 pence = a florin
2 shillings = a florin
10 florins = 1

Half Crown 2/6 12.5p
30 pence = a half crown
2 s. 6d. = a half crown
8 half crowns = 1
Slang: Half dollar, Two n Six

Crown 6/- 25p
60 pence = a Crown
5 Shillings = a crown
4 Crowns = 1

Notes:
10 Shillings (10 Bob)
1 Pound (quid)
5 Pounds (fiver)
10 Pounds (tenner)
20 Pounds
50 Pounds

2 farthing = 1 halfpenny, 2 halfpennies = 1 penny, 3 pennies = 1 thruppence, 2 thruppence = 1 Sixpence, 2 sixpence = 1 shilling, 2 shillings = 1 florin, 10 florins = 1 Pound (Gold Sovereign), 1 Pound & a shilling = one guinea.


And he that hath lyberte ought to kepe hit wel / For nothyng is better than lyberte / For lyberte shold not be wel sold for alle the gold and syluer of all the world.
-Caxton's edition of Aesop's Fables, 1484

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Cody8404
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Posted - 06/23/2010 :  20:05:02  Show Profile Send Cody8404 a Private Message
Wow, been trying to figure that out on me own for a long time.

Thank you,

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uthminsta
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Posted - 06/23/2010 :  22:11:31  Show Profile Send uthminsta a Private Message
Cool info. I just bought an early florin today that said ONE FLORIN - ONE TENTH OF A POUND. In the late 1800's, they changed them to say TWO SHILLINGS - ONE FLORIN.
There were also several short-lived denominations such as the quarter farthing, third farthing, half farthing, three-halfpence, silver and copper twopence, eighteen pence, double florin... that's probably not all... but really, what you've listed were the REAL coins. Good stuff.

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BCNumismatics
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New Zealand
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Posted - 08/11/2010 :  04:24:09  Show Profile Send BCNumismatics a Private Message
The Bank of England issued notes as high as 1,000,000 Pounds,but they were only for internal use.

Have a read here; You must be logged in to see this link. .

Aidan.

Aidan Work.

My numismatic photos can be found here; http://www.coinforums.com/gallery/u6-bcnumismatics.html .

Please let me know what you think.
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