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PostSubject: Victorian money   Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:36 pm

Not that it really matters, but I think something needs to be said on the subject of money. In the Victorian era money was counted in pounds (Quid), shillings (Bob) and pence (pennies), written as £: s: d: (the “d” written for pence stands for “denarius”). One pounds = 12 shillings = 240 pence.

Their money worked like this:
12 pennies (written as 12d) = 1 shilling (written as 1s or 1/-)
240 pennies (240d) or 20 shillings (20s or 20/-) = £1

There were other names for different amounts of money:
⅛ d = half farthing
¼ d = farthing
½ d = halfpenny (pronounced “ha’penny”)
3d = threepence (pronounced “thruppence”)
4d = groat
6d = sixpence
12d = shilling (1/-)
2s = florin
2s 6d (2/6) = half crown
4s = double florin
5s = crown
10s = half sovereign
£1 = sovereign
21s (£1 1/-) = guinea

Paper money included
10/- note (ten “bob” note)
£1 note
£5 note
£10 note

Check out this website - http://www.victorianlondon.org/finance/money.htm - for calculations on the costs of everyday items for working and middle-class families.

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