Pennies, shillings and pounds


How many farthings made up an old penny?

C) Four farthings made an old penny

It was the introduction of decimalisation in 1971 that meant our denominations below were made history!

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)

Michael Wolff, a regular Spring Chicken contributor recalls:

“My parents thought the smallest bird on the smallest coin for their small boy would amuse me – it didn’t. I liked shiny silver half crowns far better. Although I had no idea what money meant, each half crown was worth 120 farthings. I was on to something at a very early age.”


Some of your memories:

You could get a black jack or fruit salad for a farthing!

I still remember the silver threepenny bits that my mum put in the Christmas pudding. We had to be careful not to choke on them or break a tooth.

I used to get 4 chews for a penny.


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