Quick Index Board Index Home FAQ Site Map
|Just how big was Mrs Croft's blister?
Written by JulieW
(10/20/2008 12:13 p.m.)
For those of you not familiar with British coinage prior to decimalization in 1971, you might be interested to note that one pound was made of 20 shillings. Each shilling was made of 12 pence.So there were 240 pence to the pound.
Until the last few weeks of JAs life there was no coin equivalent to a pound value: a golden guinea ( which was worth 1 pond and a shilling, or 21 shillings) was the coin in normal use.
The three shilling piece comparable to the size of Mrs Croft's blister was in fact only minted between 1811 an 1816.
Here is a picture of coinage.
From top to bottom and left to right the coins are:
Top Row: Golden guinea, half- guinea, third-guinea
Second row: Silver shilling, sixpence, fourpence,
Third row :silver tuppence (two pence), penny, half penny.
Fourth row: copper two pence, penny, halfpenny.
Bottom row:Bank of England Dollar and....a three shilling piece.
That was almost the largest coin currently circulating. Poor Mrs Corft. She needs better boots.
Groupread is maintained by Myretta with WebBBS 3.21.