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Thought for today:

‘The British resisted decimalized currency for a long time because they thought it was too complicated.’

— Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

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Fifty years ago today, the British converted their currency from the old system to a new decimal one.

The Daily Mail was up in arms (and in fact still is).

“We never voted for modernisation”.

I am old enough to remember the changeover, old enough to remember using the old coins regularly.

I was really fond of the farthing, sadly out of circulation before I had pocket money.

It had a wren on it, very nice little coin.

My all-time favourite was the thr’penny bit.

A glorious twelve-sided three pence piece – 1.5p in new money.

I also collected sixpence pieces.

For those that don’t remember – Gaiman & Pratchett have this handy guide:

“Two farthings = One Ha’penny.
Two ha’pennies = One Penny.
Three pennies = A Thrupenny Bit.
Two Thrupences = A Sixpence.
Two Sixpences = One Shilling, or Bob.
Two Bob = A Florin.
One Florin and One Sixpence = Half a Crown.
Four Half Crowns = Ten Bob Note.
Two Ten Bob Notes = One Pound (or 240 pennies).
One Pound and One Shilling = One Guinea.”

Decimalisation really complicated things!

Happy Decimalisation day.

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