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From: "Mike Morris" <>
Subject: Ancient Inventory (1611) - Lesson 2 = Money
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 11:34:48 -0500
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A quick search on Google comes up with where the nicknames for some of our
coins came from and approximate dates.
The tanner (sixpence) got its name from John Tanner who worked at the Royal
Mint in the eighteenth century. The silver Joey (silver threepenny bit) got
its name from a nineteenth-century MP, Joe Hume, who was keen that plenty of
threepenny pieces should be available for cab fares.
Why a shilling was called a bob is a bit of a mystery, says Dr Mayhew. One
theory is that the Bob in question was Sir Robert Walpole, another that it
is a contraction of 'bobstick', which roughly means 'something small', but
Dr Mayhew is not convinced by either explanation.
I assume a 'Groat' has been mentioned?
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