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Old 6th Jun 2016, 07:43
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Morning peeps, spiffing start here,summer is finally among us.
Good work on yon Lock Mr 4mast.
Here's the proper pre digital proper coinage,I still have a florin and a half croon.

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Old 6th Jun 2016, 08:03
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I used to really like those old, yellow threepenny bits ... something quite decorative about them.
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Old 6th Jun 2016, 08:43
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Cant say I ever saw the dollar(five shilling piece)being spent in the Shops or Pubs,and the silver thrupenny bit is missing.
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Old 6th Jun 2016, 09:53
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A tanner 6d, a bob 1s, a quid , wonder how these nicknames came about?
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Old 6th Jun 2016, 10:04
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This seems to be the consensus on the slang term Quid.
The slang money expression 'quid' seems first to have appeared in late 1600's England, derived from Latin (quid meaning 'what', as in 'quid pro quo' - 'something for something else').
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Old 6th Jun 2016, 10:08
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Thank you Tony, I might goggggle the others later. The sun is shining and the great outdoors calls. That's unless her indoors has other plans.
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Old 6th Jun 2016, 10:10
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Here yer go.
Coin nicknames ? the British fondness for change | The Royal Mint Blog
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Old 6th Jun 2016, 16:40
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Originally Posted by tony draper View Post
the silver thrupenny bit is missing.
My Grandmother (Nana) always gave us two "diddlers" (silver thrupenny bits) when we visited on a Sunday morning. Was this just a Geordie thing ?
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Old 6th Jun 2016, 16:51
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Good day all. Hot here. House handed over with praise from the agent as to how clean it was. So full deposit will be refunded.

Taxi at 7am to airport. LHR then onto SJC. Hopefully in hotel by 8pm local if not before.
Meeting at 9am Wednesday morning, now 4 big bosses with 2 vying for position as to who will oversee service. Just hope I get my ex boss's job.
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Old 6th Jun 2016, 16:53
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Fingers crossed for you Nigel.

Keep us updated . . .
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Old 6th Jun 2016, 16:54
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Silver thrupenny bits were generally kept to be thrown into the Christmas pudding mix,the lucky biter down upon one got to keep it.
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Old 6th Jun 2016, 21:16
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In the early sixties Commonwealth countries, Australia. New Zealand, Rhodesia and South Africa decimalised their currencies. They used 10/- as the basis for their Dollar/Rand. This meant that the existing coinage could be used; 1/-=10c, 2/6=25c. The only coins that required minting were 1c coins as if the old penny was used that they would be hoarded for their 10% profit.

I was in Rhodesia just before the changeover and coins were stamped with both forms to ease the event. All the Commonwealth was in the Sterling Area at the time so the $Aus/$NZ/$Rhod and the Rand were all worth 10/-. The currencies have varied since then and the British pound has stood up well compared to them especially in regard to the Rhodesian/Zimbabwe dollar of which I have just bought a Z$10,000,000,000,000 (ten trillion) example.

Eat your heart out Bill Gates.
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Old 6th Jun 2016, 22:42
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FX? Where is angels when he's needed?
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Old 6th Jun 2016, 22:59
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I have a thruppeny bit standing on edge on a shelf in my den. Its job is to tell me if we've just had an earthquake.
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Old 6th Jun 2016, 23:03
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Australia changed to decimal currency on 14th February 1966. Prior to that date we had a slang term for most coins and some notes.
Now, after just over 50 years of decimal coins and notes I do not know of one slang term in use for any of our currency.
Strange really, we have adopted almost all our current slang from the US but not money.
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Old 6th Jun 2016, 23:18
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I thought Aussies had slang terms for everything. last week I was watching a YTube video of a rowing race, commented by an Aussie, as it got towards the finish, he talked about the crews 'coming up to the last two hundy' (two hundred metres to go).
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Old 7th Jun 2016, 03:32
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July 10, 1967, was NZ's decimal currency day.
I have some British coins, which were not uncommon here before that date, including some ha'pennies with the Golden Hind depicted; my mother mentioned that young ladies would use one of those as a pendant for a necklace from the late 1930s.
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Old 7th Jun 2016, 06:53
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More sun. Marvellous.

This day in 1778 saw the birth of George Bryan Brummell, commonly known as 'Beau' Brummell. He was an iconic figure in Regency England and is credited with introducing, and establishing as fashion, the modern men's suit, worn with a tie. He claimed he took five hours to dress, and recommended that boots be polished with champagne.

Probably the best use for champagne I've ever seen.
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Old 7th Jun 2016, 07:43
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Morning Peeps,another fine day on the cards here one thinks though some electricity from the sky is also a possibility.
Beu Brummel was a total cad and bounder according to this drama,worth a watch.
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Old 7th Jun 2016, 08:39
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Good morning all. In BA lounge at Manchester. The big offski today. Will miss the UK, but hope it will still be in one piece if I return. Should be in hotel 4am UK time tomorrow.
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