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From: "John Brown" <>
Subject: Re: [ZA] Pounds, shillings and pennies
Date: Sun, 3 Nov 2002 10:49:07 -0000
"Harold Laughton" <> wrote :
>"quid" was a 'slang' word for £1 - one pound
>We must not forget there was a 2 cents coin - 2 Pennies or 'pence' &
>also called "tuppence" way-back-when !
>Also a Farthing - 2 farthings made a halfpenny (slang word haypenny)
>This info tells you I was born way-back-when!
>"tickey" was also the name of a dwarf clown in S.A.
Not so sure about the 'tuppence' coin, I don't ever remember one of
those. It would also be wrong to think of the old penny as a cent, as
there were not 100, but 240 to the pound. There were certainly :
Farthing = quarter of a penny
Halfpenny = half a penny (surprisingly !)
Threepenny bit ("thruppence") (a 12 sided coin, in one manifestation)
Sixpenny bit ("tanner")
Shilling = 12 pence ("bob")
Two shilling piece ("florin" or "2 bob")
Two shillings and sixpenny piece ("half a crown")
Five shilling piece ("crown")
Ten shilling note ("10 bob" or sometimes referred to as "half a bar")
Further back in time there was the four penny piece or "groat" and
assorted other denominations (eg. sovereign, guinea, noble, etc)
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