Understanding old British money

There were twenty (20) shillings per pound.

The shilling was subdivided into twelve (12) pennies.

The penny was further sub-divided into two halfpennies or four farthings (quarter pennies).

2 farthings = 1 halfpenny
2 halfpence = 1 penny (1d)
3 pence = 1 thruppence (3d)
6 pence = 1 sixpence (a ‘tanner’) (6d)
12 pence = 1 shilling (a bob) (1s)
2 shillings = 1 florin ( a 'two bob bit’) (2s)
2 shillings and 6 pence = 1 half crown (2s 6d)
5 shillings = 1 Crown (5s)


Good to know

If you’re thinking about or having a gastric bypass

First of all, you’re very brave to consider this surgery! Don’t let anyone tell you you’re taking the easy way out: cause you’re not. It’s true that the first year the weight will practically come off on its own (because you’re eating so little). But after a year, your body will have adjusted properly to its new diet and believe me, the weight will come pummeling back on if you haven’t made any changes to your food intake or exercise level.

This information is all based on my personal story and knowledge. If you want more specific information regarding the surgery in your local area, visit a doctor about it!

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