Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Randy Abercrombie, Dec 5, 2021.
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Quids in = will benefit financially
Nicker = pound
Shilling = an old coin worth 12 pence (1/20 pound)
Crown = an old coin worth 1/4 pound
Farthing = an old coin worth 1/4 penny
Ha'penny = an old coin worth 1/2 penny
Tuppence = two pence (also slang for a part of the female anatomy)
Thrupenny bit = an old coin worth 3 pence
Groat = an old coin worth 4 pence
Coppers = 1 and 2 penny coins
Shrapnel = loose change
Fiver = £5
Tenner = £10
Score = betting term for £20
Pony = betting term for £25
Ton = £100
Monkey = £500
Grand = £1000
Dosh = cash
Mulah = cash
Readies = cash
Spend a penny = go to the bathroom
Not a monetary term, but you don't want to know what Randy means...
a monetary term meaning twentieth of a pound, from the Proto-Germanic root skiljaną meaning 'to separate, split, divide', from (s)kelH- meaning 'to cut, split.
The crown, originally known as the "crown of the double rose", was an English coin introduced as part of King Henry VIII's monetary reform of 1526, with a value of five shillings.
Quid probably goes back to when transactions were carried out through bartering instead of money. From Latin Quid pro Quo (Something for something). Chewing tobacco were a popular bartering item and were known as quid of tobacco
bob = 12d or a shilling
twa bob =24d or two shillings or florin
In Scotland a farthing was a bodle, a halfpenny was a bawbee.
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You forgot one: "Obol" = halfpenny
I personally own a 1/3 farthing. I know there were also half and quarter farthings. Of course this was a hundred years or more before the Beatles, but I've always wondered what in the world such a small amount would buy. Have any clue?
Third of a farthing was for use in Malta, I believe.
A lot of these weird denominations were to match up to some local denomination.
According to the Wikipedia entry, 1 farthing = 3 grani, so 1/3 farthing is 1 grano.
Most people were very poor back then, so even small denominations probably saw quite a bit of use. The pound was worth about 4.5 dollars in the late 1700s. (I don't know the early 1800's exchange rate off the top of my head). So a UK penny was about 2 cents US, and a farthing was about 1/2 cent. 1/3 farthing would have been about 1/6th cent, which was quite small, but after inflation probably worth more than a US cent is worth today...
Ok, I own a MS 64 1913 issue and I knew it was for use in Malta, but now it makes total sense it was minted to match a local denomination.
The half farthings were legal tender in Britain but the 1/4 and 1/3 farthings were not. Even a half farthing had very little purchasing power.
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