[CR]Making sense of old British prices - the definitive list? :-)


Example: Racing:Roger de Vlaeminck

To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Date: Fri, 05 Dec 2008 03:39:13 -0500
From: grm1067@aol.com
Subject: [CR]Making sense of old British prices - the definitive list? :-)

I wrote this at the start of the topic but didn’t send it because I thought that all the points were slowly being covered, however here†™s a little bit more. Brit money was generally referred to as “LSD”, an expression which quickly dropped out of fashion thanks to Timothy Leary. 1 guinea (one single coin) = £1 1/- = 21 shillings The pound was either 240 pence or multiples of the following - 1 pound (bank note) = £1 = a quid = a oncer (pronounced wunser) = a knicker ( £5 = 5 knicker) = 20 shillings 10 shillings (bank note) = 10/- = 10 bob = half a knicker 5 shillings (5 single coins) = 5/- = 5 bob. Also is the value of a crown (very old, used to be a single coin) 2 shillings and six pence (one single coin) = half-a-crown (term used up to decimalisation) = 2/6d = two and six = half a dollar (expression

often used up to the1960s, based on a very old exchange rate when a Crown was worth roughly a Dollar) 2 shillings (one single coin) = a florin = 2/- = 2 bob 1 shilling (one single coin) = 1/- = a bob 6 pence (one single coin) = 6d = a tanner 3 pence (one single coin) = 3d 1 penny = 1d = a copper Halfpenny = 1/2d = what it says Farthing – quarter of a penny = 1/4d

Answers often heard in answer to questions like “How much?” or “What’s it worth?” - E2A couple of quid” “A couple of knicker” “H alf a knicker” “5 bob”, “Half a dollar”, “a tanner”, “a few coppers”.

Just to finish off boring you to death – a bit of cockney rhyming sl ang that crossed over the pond. Bread = Bread and honey = money

If you ride an old Brit bike you just have to use terms like these. Just don’t expect to be understood ;-)

Geoff Margetts,
Dreieich,
Germany