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2008.11.26 - 1967

Day 53

 

People in 1967 must have known that decimalisation was approaching and put away pennies and halfpennies (the first of the old coins to be removed from circulation) to save; so it's relatively easy to find really nice looking coins from 1967, many with full lustre as you can see here.

 

Until 1971, there were 240 pence (240d) in one pound sterling (12 pence in a shilling, 20 shillings (20s) to a pound). A half crown was 2½ shillings (30d, or 2s.6d).

 

The "s" for shillings was often written as a "/", and the "d" for pence would be changed for a double apostrophe, so 2s.6d would look like 2/6".

 

Prices in shops were often quoted in shillings instead of £.s.d - so £4.10s might be written 90/- (the "-" means no pence).

 

It sounds frightfully complicated to a decimal generation, doesn' it?

 

EOS 50D - EF-S 60mm macro - f/22 - 0.8" - ISO 100 - Standard picture style.

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Taken on November 27, 2008