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in reality, all of this has been a total load of old bollocks
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old money

Postby Earl E. Eel » 27 Oct 2018, 00:17

Why did everything cost 2/6?
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Re: old money

Postby GoogaMooga » 27 Oct 2018, 00:37

Oh, for the time when US comics had British distribution with the shilling price instead of cents! In general, collectors want the "cents" price tag, but really they were the exact same comics, and it shouldn't detract from present day values.(*)

(*) they are worth about two thirds
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Re: old money

Postby Snarfyguy » 27 Oct 2018, 02:10

I was aware of that system, but I could never make head or tail of it.

So to speak.
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Re: old money

Postby GoogaMooga » 27 Oct 2018, 04:33

12 pence to a shilling; 20 shillings to a pound... (£sd)

a shilling converts to 5 new pence
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Re: old money

Postby yomptepi » 27 Oct 2018, 08:03

space. invadere wrote:Why did everything cost 2/6?
I always paid for everything in guineas. Must be a North/ South thing...
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Re: old money

Postby The Prof » 27 Oct 2018, 11:05

We used hamsters.

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Re: old money

Postby Obvious Alf » 27 Oct 2018, 11:16

Snarfyguy wrote:I was aware of that system, but I could never make head or tail of it.

So to speak.



240 pennies in a pound, divided between twenty shillings. Simple. I still can't get my head round this decimal nonsense.
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Re: old money

Postby Earl E. Eel » 30 Oct 2018, 08:49

but why was it always 1/6, 2/6 etc? you never hear 3/3, or 5/2
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I've got more Disky product

a label like Dutch Disky

One comp to avoid, though, is Disky's "Best of the 70's"

Normally, Disky are clever at repackaging

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Re: old money

Postby Rayge » 30 Oct 2018, 10:13

space. invadere wrote:but why was it always 1/6, 2/6 etc? you never hear 3/3, or 5/2

the short answer is, it wasn't always that, but while you heard 'one and six' or 'two and six' (or two and a kick, if you were a 1950s' Londoner), your other examples would be said 'three and thruppence' or 'five and tuppence'. The same applied to a penny, fourpence and fivepence, but not particularly to seven eight and nine, and rarely to ten and eleven. I've no idea why this is/was.
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Re: old money

Postby Earl E. Eel » 30 Oct 2018, 10:25

But it was much more common to see or hear those prices. If you look at old supermarket ads, or hear people talking in old films, it's often something-and-six. It really is!

OHHHhhhh
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Normally, Disky are clever at repackaging

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Postby Rayge » 30 Oct 2018, 10:43

space. invadere wrote:But it was much more common to see or hear those prices. If you look at old supermarket ads, or hear people talking in old films, it's often something-and-six. It really is!

OHHHhhhh


Oh in that case, the answer's simple: 2/6 was two and a half shillings: same reason why prices are often in multiples of five today. simple arithmetic was the key. Plus there was a coin for 2/6 (half a crown), eight in a pound and so on.
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Re: old money

Postby Toby » 30 Oct 2018, 10:45

Rayge wrote: Plus there was a coin for 2/6 (half a crown), eight in a pound and so on.


Eh?

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Re: old money

Postby harvey k-tel » 30 Oct 2018, 11:00

Was a pound originally the equivalent of a literal pound-weight of pennies? That's kind of what I gather from Alf's post up above, but I never know if I can take him seriously or not.
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Postby Rayge » 30 Oct 2018, 13:25

harvey k-tel wrote:Was a pound originally the equivalent of a literal pound-weight of pennies? That's kind of what I gather from Alf's post up above, but I never know if I can take him seriously or not.


no, although in the distant past it was roughly equivalent to a pound of gold - at least in theory. The old British money system, known, long before the autotheistic chemical was discovered, as l.s.d., was based on the Roman librum (literally a pound weight), solidarii and denarii, and old gold coinages, such as the Crown (five shillings) more or less applied to this principle. Pennies, though, were always made of base metals (copper and/or cupro-nickel alloys).
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Re: old money

Postby yomptepi » 30 Oct 2018, 14:29

Toby wrote:
Rayge wrote: Plus there was a coin for 2/6 (half a crown), eight in a pound and so on.


Eh?


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Re: old money

Postby Earl E. Eel » 30 Oct 2018, 14:33

That's a beautiful thing.
GoogaMooga wrote:you have to look to the Dutch licensee, Disky

I've got more Disky product

a label like Dutch Disky

One comp to avoid, though, is Disky's "Best of the 70's"

Normally, Disky are clever at repackaging

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Postby Count Machuki » 30 Oct 2018, 14:34

Rayge wrote:The old British money system, known, long before the autotheistic chemical was discovered, as l.s.d., was based on the Roman librum (literally a pound weight), solidarii and denarii,


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Re: old money

Postby Earl E. Eel » 30 Oct 2018, 14:34

The old ten-bob note was a work of art too
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I've got more Disky product

a label like Dutch Disky

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Normally, Disky are clever at repackaging

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Postby yomptepi » 30 Oct 2018, 16:59

space. invadere wrote:That's a beautiful thing.


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Re: old money

Postby Deebank » 30 Oct 2018, 17:18

space. invadere wrote:That's a beautiful thing.


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