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Decimalisation: 40 Years Ago Britain Did Away With Pounds, Shillings And Pence

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FORTY years ago 87-year-old Alice Robinson closed the doors of her general store for the last time after half a century ‘open for business’. The reason? Decimalisation. Or, as the rather awkward song of the day preferred to call it, ‘D-E-C-I-M-A-L-I-S-ayshun!’

‘I can’t be bothered with this new money,’ said Alice. ‘Six robberies in five years couldn’t close me, but this new money has. I know the old system and I’m not going to fiddle about with any new one.’

Some held out against, like the legendary King’s Head in Islington, which kept its prices in shillings for decades before finally bowing to the inevitable. Today, however, it’s as if pounds, shillings and pence had never existed.

Or is it? Listen carefully and you will hear their ghostly sound. A shove ha’penny board from Amazon. A nice pair of ‘thrupennies’. Turning on a sixpence and sinking a two-bob team. Earning a pound note and getting in a right two-and-eight. It’s the ‘LSD’ flashback that, to coin a phrase, just keeps on giving.

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Tomorrow (13th Feb 1971) Mrs Alice Robinson (87) will close the doors of her general store for the first time in 50 years, the reason is Decimalisation. 'I can't be bothered with this new money' she said. 'six robberies in five years couldn't close me, but this new money has.' she continued. Alice had no plans to retire until the currency went decimal. 'I know the old system and i'm not going to fiddle about with any new one.' she finished. Decimalisation begins on February 15th 1971.

By ‘The Angry Red Tomato’

  • robbo

    Why are you spelling it Schilling when it’s Shilling?

  • A post-decimal typo. The French made us…

  • robbo

    Haha, that’d be German then ;D

  • robbo

    Oh or do I mean Austrian? 😉

  • Strictly speaking they only did away with shillings and pence. I still have a some pounds even after 13 years of NuLabour

  • Clive

    I rememember D-day well. I was a poor wee trainee accountant and I had to analyse clients’ records in £sd then convert to £p for the rest of their financial year.
    It gave the partners an excuse to charger higher fees to the clients.
    The best thing I remember was that the new 5pence coin worked in vending machines in Germany as a mark – great saving !

  • dairy

    it was the same thing in the countries which took on the Euro – prices were jacked up as a result beyond the comparable value of the currency.

  • June

    and crisps went up from 4d to 4p in one fell swoop, I remember my cigarettes cost 4/11d for 20, they didn’t stay at 21p for long after that

  • coolandcalm

    as a very non-mathematical person I celebrated the demise of the very complex shillings and pence.
    But still have a prob with metres/centimetres etc and often find myself thinking ‘a litre of waters a pint and three quarters’ when I’m trying to figure it all out.
    and as for petrol… well I still think in gallons.
    I am becoming my mother!

  • Clive, I remember that. Feeding 5p pieces into a fruit machine in Frankfurt airport

  • Clive

    Yampster
    I thoght I was buying chewing gum but it turned out to be contraceptives – still came in handy.

  • dairy

    bit off more than you could chew, eh Clive….? 😉

  • Clive

    June, if your cigs were 4/11 then wouldn’t they change to 24.5p P
    I remember a bottle of Newcastle Brown was 10P cos I used to get ten for a £ at my local dance hall, to last me the night – well the bar was always crowded.

  • June

    senior moment Clive, but they did escalate shortly after

  • Agendawide

    So decimalisation aimed to end trips with Lucy to the Sky with Diamonds. I don’t think it quite succeeded. What was the point?

  • robbo

    Why are you spelling it Schilling when it’s Shilling?

  • A post-decimal typo. The French made us…

  • robbo

    Haha, that’d be German then ;D

  • robbo

    Oh or do I mean Austrian? 😉

  • Strictly speaking they only did away with shillings and pence. I still have a some pounds even after 13 years of NuLabour

  • Clive

    I rememember D-day well. I was a poor wee trainee accountant and I had to analyse clients’ records in £sd then convert to £p for the rest of their financial year.
    It gave the partners an excuse to charger higher fees to the clients.
    The best thing I remember was that the new 5pence coin worked in vending machines in Germany as a mark – great saving !

  • dairy

    it was the same thing in the countries which took on the Euro – prices were jacked up as a result beyond the comparable value of the currency.

  • June

    and crisps went up from 4d to 4p in one fell swoop, I remember my cigarettes cost 4/11d for 20, they didn’t stay at 21p for long after that

  • coolandcalm

    as a very non-mathematical person I celebrated the demise of the very complex shillings and pence.
    But still have a prob with metres/centimetres etc and often find myself thinking ‘a litre of waters a pint and three quarters’ when I’m trying to figure it all out.
    and as for petrol… well I still think in gallons.
    I am becoming my mother!

  • Clive, I remember that. Feeding 5p pieces into a fruit machine in Frankfurt airport

  • Clive

    Yampster
    I thoght I was buying chewing gum but it turned out to be contraceptives – still came in handy.

  • dairy

    bit off more than you could chew, eh Clive….? 😉

  • Clive

    June, if your cigs were 4/11 then wouldn’t they change to 24.5p P
    I remember a bottle of Newcastle Brown was 10P cos I used to get ten for a £ at my local dance hall, to last me the night – well the bar was always crowded.

  • June

    senior moment Clive, but they did escalate shortly after

  • Agendawide

    So decimalisation aimed to end trips with Lucy to the Sky with Diamonds. I don’t think it quite succeeded. What was the point?

  • robbo

    Why are you spelling it Schilling when it’s Shilling?

  • A post-decimal typo. The French made us…

  • robbo

    Haha, that’d be German then ;D

  • robbo

    Oh or do I mean Austrian? 😉

  • Strictly speaking they only did away with shillings and pence. I still have a some pounds even after 13 years of NuLabour

  • Clive

    I rememember D-day well. I was a poor wee trainee accountant and I had to analyse clients’ records in £sd then convert to £p for the rest of their financial year.
    It gave the partners an excuse to charger higher fees to the clients.
    The best thing I remember was that the new 5pence coin worked in vending machines in Germany as a mark – great saving !

  • dairy

    it was the same thing in the countries which took on the Euro – prices were jacked up as a result beyond the comparable value of the currency.

  • June

    and crisps went up from 4d to 4p in one fell swoop, I remember my cigarettes cost 4/11d for 20, they didn’t stay at 21p for long after that

  • coolandcalm

    as a very non-mathematical person I celebrated the demise of the very complex shillings and pence.
    But still have a prob with metres/centimetres etc and often find myself thinking ‘a litre of waters a pint and three quarters’ when I’m trying to figure it all out.
    and as for petrol… well I still think in gallons.
    I am becoming my mother!

  • Clive, I remember that. Feeding 5p pieces into a fruit machine in Frankfurt airport

  • Clive

    Yampster
    I thoght I was buying chewing gum but it turned out to be contraceptives – still came in handy.

  • dairy

    bit off more than you could chew, eh Clive….? 😉

  • Clive

    June, if your cigs were 4/11 then wouldn’t they change to 24.5p P
    I remember a bottle of Newcastle Brown was 10P cos I used to get ten for a £ at my local dance hall, to last me the night – well the bar was always crowded.

  • June

    senior moment Clive, but they did escalate shortly after

  • Agendawide

    So decimalisation aimed to end trips with Lucy to the Sky with Diamonds. I don’t think it quite succeeded. What was the point?

  • robbo

    Why are you spelling it Schilling when it’s Shilling?

  • A post-decimal typo. The French made us…

  • robbo

    Haha, that’d be German then ;D

  • robbo

    Oh or do I mean Austrian? 😉

  • Strictly speaking they only did away with shillings and pence. I still have a some pounds even after 13 years of NuLabour

  • Clive

    I rememember D-day well. I was a poor wee trainee accountant and I had to analyse clients’ records in £sd then convert to £p for the rest of their financial year.
    It gave the partners an excuse to charger higher fees to the clients.
    The best thing I remember was that the new 5pence coin worked in vending machines in Germany as a mark – great saving !

  • dairy

    it was the same thing in the countries which took on the Euro – prices were jacked up as a result beyond the comparable value of the currency.

  • June

    and crisps went up from 4d to 4p in one fell swoop, I remember my cigarettes cost 4/11d for 20, they didn’t stay at 21p for long after that

  • coolandcalm

    as a very non-mathematical person I celebrated the demise of the very complex shillings and pence.
    But still have a prob with metres/centimetres etc and often find myself thinking ‘a litre of waters a pint and three quarters’ when I’m trying to figure it all out.
    and as for petrol… well I still think in gallons.
    I am becoming my mother!

  • Clive, I remember that. Feeding 5p pieces into a fruit machine in Frankfurt airport

  • Clive

    Yampster
    I thoght I was buying chewing gum but it turned out to be contraceptives – still came in handy.

  • dairy

    bit off more than you could chew, eh Clive….? 😉

  • Clive

    June, if your cigs were 4/11 then wouldn’t they change to 24.5p P
    I remember a bottle of Newcastle Brown was 10P cos I used to get ten for a £ at my local dance hall, to last me the night – well the bar was always crowded.

  • June

    senior moment Clive, but they did escalate shortly after

  • Agendawide

    So decimalisation aimed to end trips with Lucy to the Sky with Diamonds. I don’t think it quite succeeded. What was the point?

  • robbo

    Why are you spelling it Schilling when it’s Shilling?

  • A post-decimal typo. The French made us…

  • robbo

    Haha, that’d be German then ;D

  • robbo

    Oh or do I mean Austrian? 😉

  • Strictly speaking they only did away with shillings and pence. I still have a some pounds even after 13 years of NuLabour

  • Clive

    I rememember D-day well. I was a poor wee trainee accountant and I had to analyse clients’ records in £sd then convert to £p for the rest of their financial year.
    It gave the partners an excuse to charger higher fees to the clients.
    The best thing I remember was that the new 5pence coin worked in vending machines in Germany as a mark – great saving !

  • dairy

    it was the same thing in the countries which took on the Euro – prices were jacked up as a result beyond the comparable value of the currency.

  • June

    and crisps went up from 4d to 4p in one fell swoop, I remember my cigarettes cost 4/11d for 20, they didn’t stay at 21p for long after that

  • coolandcalm

    as a very non-mathematical person I celebrated the demise of the very complex shillings and pence.
    But still have a prob with metres/centimetres etc and often find myself thinking ‘a litre of waters a pint and three quarters’ when I’m trying to figure it all out.
    and as for petrol… well I still think in gallons.
    I am becoming my mother!

  • Clive, I remember that. Feeding 5p pieces into a fruit machine in Frankfurt airport

  • Clive

    Yampster
    I thoght I was buying chewing gum but it turned out to be contraceptives – still came in handy.

  • dairy

    bit off more than you could chew, eh Clive….? 😉

  • Clive

    June, if your cigs were 4/11 then wouldn’t they change to 24.5p P
    I remember a bottle of Newcastle Brown was 10P cos I used to get ten for a £ at my local dance hall, to last me the night – well the bar was always crowded.

  • June

    senior moment Clive, but they did escalate shortly after

  • Agendawide

    So decimalisation aimed to end trips with Lucy to the Sky with Diamonds. I don’t think it quite succeeded. What was the point?

  • robbo

    Why are you spelling it Schilling when it’s Shilling?

  • A post-decimal typo. The French made us…

  • robbo

    Haha, that’d be German then ;D

  • robbo

    Oh or do I mean Austrian? 😉

  • Strictly speaking they only did away with shillings and pence. I still have a some pounds even after 13 years of NuLabour

  • Clive

    I rememember D-day well. I was a poor wee trainee accountant and I had to analyse clients’ records in £sd then convert to £p for the rest of their financial year.
    It gave the partners an excuse to charger higher fees to the clients.
    The best thing I remember was that the new 5pence coin worked in vending machines in Germany as a mark – great saving !

  • dairy

    it was the same thing in the countries which took on the Euro – prices were jacked up as a result beyond the comparable value of the currency.

  • June

    and crisps went up from 4d to 4p in one fell swoop, I remember my cigarettes cost 4/11d for 20, they didn’t stay at 21p for long after that

  • coolandcalm

    as a very non-mathematical person I celebrated the demise of the very complex shillings and pence.
    But still have a prob with metres/centimetres etc and often find myself thinking ‘a litre of waters a pint and three quarters’ when I’m trying to figure it all out.
    and as for petrol… well I still think in gallons.
    I am becoming my mother!

  • Clive, I remember that. Feeding 5p pieces into a fruit machine in Frankfurt airport

  • Clive

    Yampster
    I thoght I was buying chewing gum but it turned out to be contraceptives – still came in handy.

  • dairy

    bit off more than you could chew, eh Clive….? 😉

  • Clive

    June, if your cigs were 4/11 then wouldn’t they change to 24.5p P
    I remember a bottle of Newcastle Brown was 10P cos I used to get ten for a £ at my local dance hall, to last me the night – well the bar was always crowded.

  • June

    senior moment Clive, but they did escalate shortly after

  • Agendawide

    So decimalisation aimed to end trips with Lucy to the Sky with Diamonds. I don’t think it quite succeeded. What was the point?

  • robbo

    Why are you spelling it Schilling when it’s Shilling?

  • A post-decimal typo. The French made us…

  • robbo

    Haha, that’d be German then ;D

  • robbo

    Oh or do I mean Austrian? 😉

  • Strictly speaking they only did away with shillings and pence. I still have a some pounds even after 13 years of NuLabour

  • Clive

    I rememember D-day well. I was a poor wee trainee accountant and I had to analyse clients’ records in £sd then convert to £p for the rest of their financial year.
    It gave the partners an excuse to charger higher fees to the clients.
    The best thing I remember was that the new 5pence coin worked in vending machines in Germany as a mark – great saving !

  • dairy

    it was the same thing in the countries which took on the Euro – prices were jacked up as a result beyond the comparable value of the currency.

  • June

    and crisps went up from 4d to 4p in one fell swoop, I remember my cigarettes cost 4/11d for 20, they didn’t stay at 21p for long after that

  • coolandcalm

    as a very non-mathematical person I celebrated the demise of the very complex shillings and pence.
    But still have a prob with metres/centimetres etc and often find myself thinking ‘a litre of waters a pint and three quarters’ when I’m trying to figure it all out.
    and as for petrol… well I still think in gallons.
    I am becoming my mother!

  • Clive, I remember that. Feeding 5p pieces into a fruit machine in Frankfurt airport

  • Clive

    Yampster
    I thoght I was buying chewing gum but it turned out to be contraceptives – still came in handy.

  • dairy

    bit off more than you could chew, eh Clive….? 😉

  • Clive

    June, if your cigs were 4/11 then wouldn’t they change to 24.5p P
    I remember a bottle of Newcastle Brown was 10P cos I used to get ten for a £ at my local dance hall, to last me the night – well the bar was always crowded.

  • June

    senior moment Clive, but they did escalate shortly after

  • Agendawide

    So decimalisation aimed to end trips with Lucy to the Sky with Diamonds. I don’t think it quite succeeded. What was the point?

  • robbo

    Why are you spelling it Schilling when it’s Shilling?

  • A post-decimal typo. The French made us…

  • robbo

    Haha, that’d be German then ;D

  • robbo

    Oh or do I mean Austrian? 😉

  • Strictly speaking they only did away with shillings and pence. I still have a some pounds even after 13 years of NuLabour

  • Clive

    I rememember D-day well. I was a poor wee trainee accountant and I had to analyse clients’ records in £sd then convert to £p for the rest of their financial year.
    It gave the partners an excuse to charger higher fees to the clients.
    The best thing I remember was that the new 5pence coin worked in vending machines in Germany as a mark – great saving !

  • dairy

    it was the same thing in the countries which took on the Euro – prices were jacked up as a result beyond the comparable value of the currency.

  • June

    and crisps went up from 4d to 4p in one fell swoop, I remember my cigarettes cost 4/11d for 20, they didn’t stay at 21p for long after that

  • coolandcalm

    as a very non-mathematical person I celebrated the demise of the very complex shillings and pence.
    But still have a prob with metres/centimetres etc and often find myself thinking ‘a litre of waters a pint and three quarters’ when I’m trying to figure it all out.
    and as for petrol… well I still think in gallons.
    I am becoming my mother!

  • Clive, I remember that. Feeding 5p pieces into a fruit machine in Frankfurt airport

  • Clive

    Yampster
    I thoght I was buying chewing gum but it turned out to be contraceptives – still came in handy.

  • dairy

    bit off more than you could chew, eh Clive….? 😉

  • Clive

    June, if your cigs were 4/11 then wouldn’t they change to 24.5p P
    I remember a bottle of Newcastle Brown was 10P cos I used to get ten for a £ at my local dance hall, to last me the night – well the bar was always crowded.

  • June

    senior moment Clive, but they did escalate shortly after

  • Agendawide

    So decimalisation aimed to end trips with Lucy to the Sky with Diamonds. I don’t think it quite succeeded. What was the point?

  • robbo

    Why are you spelling it Schilling when it’s Shilling?

  • A post-decimal typo. The French made us…

  • robbo

    Haha, that’d be German then ;D

  • robbo

    Oh or do I mean Austrian? 😉

  • Strictly speaking they only did away with shillings and pence. I still have a some pounds even after 13 years of NuLabour

  • Clive

    I rememember D-day well. I was a poor wee trainee accountant and I had to analyse clients’ records in £sd then convert to £p for the rest of their financial year.
    It gave the partners an excuse to charger higher fees to the clients.
    The best thing I remember was that the new 5pence coin worked in vending machines in Germany as a mark – great saving !

  • dairy

    it was the same thing in the countries which took on the Euro – prices were jacked up as a result beyond the comparable value of the currency.

  • June

    and crisps went up from 4d to 4p in one fell swoop, I remember my cigarettes cost 4/11d for 20, they didn’t stay at 21p for long after that

  • coolandcalm

    as a very non-mathematical person I celebrated the demise of the very complex shillings and pence.
    But still have a prob with metres/centimetres etc and often find myself thinking ‘a litre of waters a pint and three quarters’ when I’m trying to figure it all out.
    and as for petrol… well I still think in gallons.
    I am becoming my mother!

  • Clive, I remember that. Feeding 5p pieces into a fruit machine in Frankfurt airport

  • Clive

    Yampster
    I thoght I was buying chewing gum but it turned out to be contraceptives – still came in handy.

  • dairy

    bit off more than you could chew, eh Clive….? 😉

  • Clive

    June, if your cigs were 4/11 then wouldn’t they change to 24.5p P
    I remember a bottle of Newcastle Brown was 10P cos I used to get ten for a £ at my local dance hall, to last me the night – well the bar was always crowded.

  • June

    senior moment Clive, but they did escalate shortly after

  • Agendawide

    So decimalisation aimed to end trips with Lucy to the Sky with Diamonds. I don’t think it quite succeeded. What was the point?

  • robbo

    Why are you spelling it Schilling when it’s Shilling?

  • A post-decimal typo. The French made us…

  • robbo

    Haha, that’d be German then ;D

  • robbo

    Oh or do I mean Austrian? 😉

  • Strictly speaking they only did away with shillings and pence. I still have a some pounds even after 13 years of NuLabour

  • Clive

    I rememember D-day well. I was a poor wee trainee accountant and I had to analyse clients’ records in £sd then convert to £p for the rest of their financial year.
    It gave the partners an excuse to charger higher fees to the clients.
    The best thing I remember was that the new 5pence coin worked in vending machines in Germany as a mark – great saving !

  • dairy

    it was the same thing in the countries which took on the Euro – prices were jacked up as a result beyond the comparable value of the currency.

  • June

    and crisps went up from 4d to 4p in one fell swoop, I remember my cigarettes cost 4/11d for 20, they didn’t stay at 21p for long after that

  • coolandcalm

    as a very non-mathematical person I celebrated the demise of the very complex shillings and pence.
    But still have a prob with metres/centimetres etc and often find myself thinking ‘a litre of waters a pint and three quarters’ when I’m trying to figure it all out.
    and as for petrol… well I still think in gallons.
    I am becoming my mother!

  • Clive, I remember that. Feeding 5p pieces into a fruit machine in Frankfurt airport

  • Clive

    Yampster
    I thoght I was buying chewing gum but it turned out to be contraceptives – still came in handy.

  • dairy

    bit off more than you could chew, eh Clive….? 😉

  • Clive

    June, if your cigs were 4/11 then wouldn’t they change to 24.5p P
    I remember a bottle of Newcastle Brown was 10P cos I used to get ten for a £ at my local dance hall, to last me the night – well the bar was always crowded.

  • June

    senior moment Clive, but they did escalate shortly after

  • Agendawide

    So decimalisation aimed to end trips with Lucy to the Sky with Diamonds. I don’t think it quite succeeded. What was the point?

  • robbo

    Why are you spelling it Schilling when it’s Shilling?

  • A post-decimal typo. The French made us…

  • robbo

    Haha, that’d be German then ;D

  • robbo

    Oh or do I mean Austrian? 😉

  • Strictly speaking they only did away with shillings and pence. I still have a some pounds even after 13 years of NuLabour

  • Clive

    I rememember D-day well. I was a poor wee trainee accountant and I had to analyse clients’ records in £sd then convert to £p for the rest of their financial year.
    It gave the partners an excuse to charger higher fees to the clients.
    The best thing I remember was that the new 5pence coin worked in vending machines in Germany as a mark – great saving !

  • dairy

    it was the same thing in the countries which took on the Euro – prices were jacked up as a result beyond the comparable value of the currency.

  • June

    and crisps went up from 4d to 4p in one fell swoop, I remember my cigarettes cost 4/11d for 20, they didn’t stay at 21p for long after that

  • coolandcalm

    as a very non-mathematical person I celebrated the demise of the very complex shillings and pence.
    But still have a prob with metres/centimetres etc and often find myself thinking ‘a litre of waters a pint and three quarters’ when I’m trying to figure it all out.
    and as for petrol… well I still think in gallons.
    I am becoming my mother!

  • Clive, I remember that. Feeding 5p pieces into a fruit machine in Frankfurt airport

  • Clive

    Yampster
    I thoght I was buying chewing gum but it turned out to be contraceptives – still came in handy.

  • dairy

    bit off more than you could chew, eh Clive….? 😉

  • Clive

    June, if your cigs were 4/11 then wouldn’t they change to 24.5p P
    I remember a bottle of Newcastle Brown was 10P cos I used to get ten for a £ at my local dance hall, to last me the night – well the bar was always crowded.

  • June

    senior moment Clive, but they did escalate shortly after

  • Agendawide

    So decimalisation aimed to end trips with Lucy to the Sky with Diamonds. I don’t think it quite succeeded. What was the point?

  • robbo

    Why are you spelling it Schilling when it’s Shilling?

  • A post-decimal typo. The French made us…

  • robbo

    Haha, that’d be German then ;D

  • robbo

    Oh or do I mean Austrian? 😉

  • Strictly speaking they only did away with shillings and pence. I still have a some pounds even after 13 years of NuLabour

  • Clive

    I rememember D-day well. I was a poor wee trainee accountant and I had to analyse clients’ records in £sd then convert to £p for the rest of their financial year.
    It gave the partners an excuse to charger higher fees to the clients.
    The best thing I remember was that the new 5pence coin worked in vending machines in Germany as a mark – great saving !

  • dairy

    it was the same thing in the countries which took on the Euro – prices were jacked up as a result beyond the comparable value of the currency.

  • June

    and crisps went up from 4d to 4p in one fell swoop, I remember my cigarettes cost 4/11d for 20, they didn’t stay at 21p for long after that

  • coolandcalm

    as a very non-mathematical person I celebrated the demise of the very complex shillings and pence.
    But still have a prob with metres/centimetres etc and often find myself thinking ‘a litre of waters a pint and three quarters’ when I’m trying to figure it all out.
    and as for petrol… well I still think in gallons.
    I am becoming my mother!

  • Clive, I remember that. Feeding 5p pieces into a fruit machine in Frankfurt airport

  • Clive

    Yampster
    I thoght I was buying chewing gum but it turned out to be contraceptives – still came in handy.

  • dairy

    bit off more than you could chew, eh Clive….? 😉

  • Clive

    June, if your cigs were 4/11 then wouldn’t they change to 24.5p P
    I remember a bottle of Newcastle Brown was 10P cos I used to get ten for a £ at my local dance hall, to last me the night – well the bar was always crowded.

  • June

    senior moment Clive, but they did escalate shortly after

  • Agendawide

    So decimalisation aimed to end trips with Lucy to the Sky with Diamonds. I don’t think it quite succeeded. What was the point?

  • robbo

    Why are you spelling it Schilling when it’s Shilling?

  • A post-decimal typo. The French made us…

  • robbo

    Haha, that’d be German then ;D

  • robbo

    Oh or do I mean Austrian? 😉

  • Strictly speaking they only did away with shillings and pence. I still have a some pounds even after 13 years of NuLabour

  • Clive

    I rememember D-day well. I was a poor wee trainee accountant and I had to analyse clients’ records in £sd then convert to £p for the rest of their financial year.
    It gave the partners an excuse to charger higher fees to the clients.
    The best thing I remember was that the new 5pence coin worked in vending machines in Germany as a mark – great saving !

  • dairy

    it was the same thing in the countries which took on the Euro – prices were jacked up as a result beyond the comparable value of the currency.

  • June

    and crisps went up from 4d to 4p in one fell swoop, I remember my cigarettes cost 4/11d for 20, they didn’t stay at 21p for long after that

  • coolandcalm

    as a very non-mathematical person I celebrated the demise of the very complex shillings and pence.
    But still have a prob with metres/centimetres etc and often find myself thinking ‘a litre of waters a pint and three quarters’ when I’m trying to figure it all out.
    and as for petrol… well I still think in gallons.
    I am becoming my mother!

  • Clive, I remember that. Feeding 5p pieces into a fruit machine in Frankfurt airport

  • Clive

    Yampster
    I thoght I was buying chewing gum but it turned out to be contraceptives – still came in handy.

  • dairy

    bit off more than you could chew, eh Clive….? 😉

  • Clive

    June, if your cigs were 4/11 then wouldn’t they change to 24.5p P
    I remember a bottle of Newcastle Brown was 10P cos I used to get ten for a £ at my local dance hall, to last me the night – well the bar was always crowded.

  • June

    senior moment Clive, but they did escalate shortly after

  • Agendawide

    So decimalisation aimed to end trips with Lucy to the Sky with Diamonds. I don’t think it quite succeeded. What was the point?

  • robbo

    Why are you spelling it Schilling when it’s Shilling?

  • A post-decimal typo. The French made us…

  • robbo

    Haha, that’d be German then ;D

  • robbo

    Oh or do I mean Austrian? 😉

  • Strictly speaking they only did away with shillings and pence. I still have a some pounds even after 13 years of NuLabour

  • Clive

    I rememember D-day well. I was a poor wee trainee accountant and I had to analyse clients’ records in £sd then convert to £p for the rest of their financial year.
    It gave the partners an excuse to charger higher fees to the clients.
    The best thing I remember was that the new 5pence coin worked in vending machines in Germany as a mark – great saving !

  • dairy

    it was the same thing in the countries which took on the Euro – prices were jacked up as a result beyond the comparable value of the currency.

  • June

    and crisps went up from 4d to 4p in one fell swoop, I remember my cigarettes cost 4/11d for 20, they didn’t stay at 21p for long after that

  • coolandcalm

    as a very non-mathematical person I celebrated the demise of the very complex shillings and pence.
    But still have a prob with metres/centimetres etc and often find myself thinking ‘a litre of waters a pint and three quarters’ when I’m trying to figure it all out.
    and as for petrol… well I still think in gallons.
    I am becoming my mother!

  • Clive, I remember that. Feeding 5p pieces into a fruit machine in Frankfurt airport

  • Clive

    Yampster
    I thoght I was buying chewing gum but it turned out to be contraceptives – still came in handy.

  • dairy

    bit off more than you could chew, eh Clive….? 😉

  • Clive

    June, if your cigs were 4/11 then wouldn’t they change to 24.5p P
    I remember a bottle of Newcastle Brown was 10P cos I used to get ten for a £ at my local dance hall, to last me the night – well the bar was always crowded.

  • June

    senior moment Clive, but they did escalate shortly after

  • Agendawide

    So decimalisation aimed to end trips with Lucy to the Sky with Diamonds. I don’t think it quite succeeded. What was the point?

  • robbo

    Why are you spelling it Schilling when it’s Shilling?

  • A post-decimal typo. The French made us…

  • robbo

    Haha, that’d be German then ;D

  • robbo

    Oh or do I mean Austrian? 😉

  • Strictly speaking they only did away with shillings and pence. I still have a some pounds even after 13 years of NuLabour

  • Clive

    I rememember D-day well. I was a poor wee trainee accountant and I had to analyse clients’ records in £sd then convert to £p for the rest of their financial year.
    It gave the partners an excuse to charger higher fees to the clients.
    The best thing I remember was that the new 5pence coin worked in vending machines in Germany as a mark – great saving !

  • dairy

    it was the same thing in the countries which took on the Euro – prices were jacked up as a result beyond the comparable value of the currency.

  • June

    and crisps went up from 4d to 4p in one fell swoop, I remember my cigarettes cost 4/11d for 20, they didn’t stay at 21p for long after that

  • coolandcalm

    as a very non-mathematical person I celebrated the demise of the very complex shillings and pence.
    But still have a prob with metres/centimetres etc and often find myself thinking ‘a litre of waters a pint and three quarters’ when I’m trying to figure it all out.
    and as for petrol… well I still think in gallons.
    I am becoming my mother!

  • Clive, I remember that. Feeding 5p pieces into a fruit machine in Frankfurt airport

  • Clive

    Yampster
    I thoght I was buying chewing gum but it turned out to be contraceptives – still came in handy.

  • dairy

    bit off more than you could chew, eh Clive….? 😉

  • Clive

    June, if your cigs were 4/11 then wouldn’t they change to 24.5p P
    I remember a bottle of Newcastle Brown was 10P cos I used to get ten for a £ at my local dance hall, to last me the night – well the bar was always crowded.

  • June

    senior moment Clive, but they did escalate shortly after

  • Agendawide

    So decimalisation aimed to end trips with Lucy to the Sky with Diamonds. I don’t think it quite succeeded. What was the point?

  • robbo

    Why are you spelling it Schilling when it’s Shilling?

  • A post-decimal typo. The French made us…

  • robbo

    Haha, that’d be German then ;D

  • robbo

    Oh or do I mean Austrian? 😉

  • Strictly speaking they only did away with shillings and pence. I still have a some pounds even after 13 years of NuLabour

  • Clive

    I rememember D-day well. I was a poor wee trainee accountant and I had to analyse clients’ records in £sd then convert to £p for the rest of their financial year.
    It gave the partners an excuse to charger higher fees to the clients.
    The best thing I remember was that the new 5pence coin worked in vending machines in Germany as a mark – great saving !

  • dairy

    it was the same thing in the countries which took on the Euro – prices were jacked up as a result beyond the comparable value of the currency.

  • June

    and crisps went up from 4d to 4p in one fell swoop, I remember my cigarettes cost 4/11d for 20, they didn’t stay at 21p for long after that

  • coolandcalm

    as a very non-mathematical person I celebrated the demise of the very complex shillings and pence.
    But still have a prob with metres/centimetres etc and often find myself thinking ‘a litre of waters a pint and three quarters’ when I’m trying to figure it all out.
    and as for petrol… well I still think in gallons.
    I am becoming my mother!

  • Clive, I remember that. Feeding 5p pieces into a fruit machine in Frankfurt airport

  • Clive

    Yampster
    I thoght I was buying chewing gum but it turned out to be contraceptives – still came in handy.

  • dairy

    bit off more than you could chew, eh Clive….? 😉

  • Clive

    June, if your cigs were 4/11 then wouldn’t they change to 24.5p P
    I remember a bottle of Newcastle Brown was 10P cos I used to get ten for a £ at my local dance hall, to last me the night – well the bar was always crowded.

  • June

    senior moment Clive, but they did escalate shortly after

  • Agendawide

    So decimalisation aimed to end trips with Lucy to the Sky with Diamonds. I don’t think it quite succeeded. What was the point?

  • robbo

    Why are you spelling it Schilling when it’s Shilling?

  • A post-decimal typo. The French made us…

  • robbo

    Haha, that’d be German then ;D

  • robbo

    Oh or do I mean Austrian? 😉

  • Strictly speaking they only did away with shillings and pence. I still have a some pounds even after 13 years of NuLabour

  • Clive

    I rememember D-day well. I was a poor wee trainee accountant and I had to analyse clients’ records in £sd then convert to £p for the rest of their financial year.
    It gave the partners an excuse to charger higher fees to the clients.
    The best thing I remember was that the new 5pence coin worked in vending machines in Germany as a mark – great saving !

  • dairy

    it was the same thing in the countries which took on the Euro – prices were jacked up as a result beyond the comparable value of the currency.

  • June

    and crisps went up from 4d to 4p in one fell swoop, I remember my cigarettes cost 4/11d for 20, they didn’t stay at 21p for long after that

  • coolandcalm

    as a very non-mathematical person I celebrated the demise of the very complex shillings and pence.
    But still have a prob with metres/centimetres etc and often find myself thinking ‘a litre of waters a pint and three quarters’ when I’m trying to figure it all out.
    and as for petrol… well I still think in gallons.
    I am becoming my mother!

  • Clive, I remember that. Feeding 5p pieces into a fruit machine in Frankfurt airport

  • Clive

    Yampster
    I thoght I was buying chewing gum but it turned out to be contraceptives – still came in handy.

  • dairy

    bit off more than you could chew, eh Clive….? 😉

  • Clive

    June, if your cigs were 4/11 then wouldn’t they change to 24.5p P
    I remember a bottle of Newcastle Brown was 10P cos I used to get ten for a £ at my local dance hall, to last me the night – well the bar was always crowded.

  • June

    senior moment Clive, but they did escalate shortly after

  • Agendawide

    So decimalisation aimed to end trips with Lucy to the Sky with Diamonds. I don’t think it quite succeeded. What was the point?