A teston was originally a French silver coin, struck at Milan by (for) the Duke of Milan, Galeazzo Mario (Maria) Sforza (1468-76), guinea = 1 pound plus one shilling. Let me know. Now how exciting would that have been? For example, a price 42/9d would have been a perfectly Variations on the same theme are moolah, mola, mulla. Prices in pennies were shown with the 'D' or 'd', which changed to 'P' or 'p' with the decimal currency. pony - twenty-five pounds (£25). Thanks J Dodgson.) Coming full-circle, one might say; when young I knew many old folks (born ca 1875) whose sense of (American) humor still retained the dry wit of the English. The silver sixpence was produced from 1547-1970, and remained in circulation (although by then it was a copper-based and nickel-coated coin) after decimalisation as the two-and-a-half-pee, until withdrawal in 1980. It shows the cost of things in 1943. Stiver also earlier referred to any low value coin. Short for sovereigns - very old gold and the original one pound coins. fascinating Latin terms which have survived into modern English.). tin - first recorded (says Cassells) as slang for money in the UK, mainly for silver coinage, in the mid 1800s, although the term seems to have become largely obscure by the 1960s. (thanks S London) that the term rhino appears in American author Washington Irving's story The Devil and Tom Walker, which is set in 1730s New England, published in 1824. You mention that the lower denomination coins were copper but they were changed to bronze in the great re-coining of 1860 that led to smaller coins. Some think the root might be from Proto-Germanic 'skeld', meaning shield. There is also a view that Joey transferred from the threepenny bit to the sixpence when the when the old ha'penny (½d) was removed from the currency in 1969. shillings or 'thirty bob', rather than the clumsier 'one pound ten shillings' for instance, and even beyond to forty and fifty shillings. King James edition of the Bible. I have no other evidence of this and if anyone has any more detail relating to the derivation of the tanner please send it. from the old to the new systems, there was no escaping the fact that a new half penny equated to more than an old penny; thus for example, a pre-decimal penny sweet could not be sold for anything less than a decimal half-penny, which equated to Origins time, since silver coins used to be far more valuable. Usually meaning a large amount of spending money held by a person when out enjoying themselves. one pound = 240 pence = 20 shillings (called a “sovereign”; a slang expression was “quid) = £ The twelve ounce Tower Pound weighed 5400 grains (1 So although the fourpenny groat and the silver threepenny coin arguably lay the major claim to the Joey title, usage also seems to have extended to later coins, notably the silver sixpence money went up from two pence a week to three pence with the introduction of the brass thrupny bit. I suspect different reasons for the British coins, but have yet to find them. kick - sixpence (6d), from the early 1700s, derived purely from the lose rhyming with six (not cockney rhyming slang), extending to and possible preceded and prompted by the slang expression 'two and a kick' meaning half a crown, i.e., Thanks to D Burt for reminding me about Bob-a-Job week, which prompted a new paragraph above in the history 'pounds shillings and pennies' section. I’m sure there are some terms I missed, and I’m sure more terms will be coined in the years to come. A 'cofferer' was an early (medieaval times) sort of accountant or keeper of the monarch's This problem affected less than 250,000 coins of the 136 million 20p pieces minted in 2008-09 and Two bob (two shillings) has generated a number of idioms in Australian English, alluding to something that is ‘cheap, of poor quality’, or ‘of little consequence’. Ms Eagle (or more likely her PR person) wins the April 2008 award for stating the bleeding obvious... Well done Matthew. 1.2 old pennies - a 20% price hike overnight for penny sweet buyers. Decimalisation gave us 100 'new pence' or 'p' to the pound, which format exists today. Where do you go from there? Here are the remarkable new British coin designs, first revealed by the Royal Mint on 2 April 2008. The use of the word 'half' alone to mean 50p The coins entered circulation starting Summer 2008 and you could and perhaps still can buy a lovely commemorative set for less than a tenner including postage direct from the Royal Mint. the actual meaning of the term 'legal tender' is more technical, and derives from legal practice and terminology relating to the settlement of debts in courts.