Love this image from Foyle’s War even though its not for the TV show but the soundtrack.
I’m watching Foyle’s War these days (another addictive BBC program) and I was getting confused by all the slang used to describe money and decided to make myself a primer for my own writing.
One shilling equals 12 pennies. A bob is slang for a shilling. A quid is slang for the pound (which equals 100 pennies) A half-crown equals 2 shillings and sixpence (or six pennies which is what pence stands for) One crown equals 5 shillings. A halfpenny equals exactly that (half a penny) but it wasn’t created till 1971 (and is therefore not relevant to Foyle or Portia Adams) A farthing equals a quarter of a penny and could be divided even down to a quarter farthing (which was 1/16th of a penny!) A groat equals fourpence (four pennies) A florin is a two-shilling coin and the slang is a two-bob bit. A guinea is a gold coin worth 21 shillings
Any I’m forgetting friends?