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The Currency used in Britain. Pounds sterling. Made up pounds (£) and pence (p). There are 100 pennies to the pound. The actual currency (the coins and notes) go up in 1,2,5 up to £50 notes (apparently there are £100 notes but you never see them, and most shops wouldn't accept it cos they never see it so it could be faked). Most the money has a picture of the queen on, but you can also find darwin, adam smith, elgar etc.
1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1, £2, (that's all the coins).
£5, £10, £20 (that's the notes).

Definitely not monopoly money, because it is worth twice the dollar!
I bought a bottle of vodka for £5!
Apparently if you draw on the queen on the note, it counts as treason.
The British Pound as we know it was introduced in 1971
by August 18, 2007
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The Currency used in Britain. Pounds sterling. Made up pounds (£) and pence (p). There are 100 pennies to the pound. The actual currency (the coins and notes) go up in 1,2,5 up to £50 notes (apparently there are £100 notes but you never see them, and most shops wouldn't accept it cos they never see it so it could be faked). Most the money has a picture of the queen on, but you can also find darwin, adam smith, elgar etc.
1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1, £2, (that's all the coins).
£5, £10, £20 (that's the notes).

Definitely not monopoly money, because it is worth twice the dollar!
I bought a bottle of vodka for £5!
Apparently if you draw on the queen on the note, it counts as treason.
The British Pound as we know it was introduced in 1971
by August 18, 2007
Before 15 February 1971, the British pound was divided this way:

12d (pence) = 1s (shilling)
20s = one pound.

"penny" is the singular of "pence", as today. There were 240 pennies in a pound.

Why 'd'? One penny (1d) was formally called a 'denarius' after the Roman coin. This term was never used in popular language.

Sums below one pound (and sometimes over) were written s/d, such as 12/6 (said: twelve and six) or 5/- (said: five shillings).

There were a whole slew of interesting coins, including:

1/4d = farthing (from Anglo-Saxon, 'a fourth')
1/2d = ha'penny (half a penny)
3d = thruppence (a fourth of a shilling)
6d = sixpence (half a shilling)
2s = florin ("two bob bit"). A tenth of a pound.
2/6 = half crown ("two and six"). An eighth of a pound.

At the time of conversion, one shilling equaled 5p and one florin (two shillings) equaled 10p. A shilling in 1970 had approximately the value of 84p or \$1.25 today.

The old pounds, shillings, pence system was a remnant of the early Middle Ages and Charlemagne! Continental Europe was all decimal coinage by the end of the 19th century. Tradition-bound Britain soldiered on until the beginning of the 70s.
Shopkeeper, 1965: The Help! album costs thirty-two and six.

American in London, 1955: the British pound is so confusing! Better just put the coins on my palm and have the shopkeeper take the right amount. Hope I don't get swindled.
by August 21, 2010
When two British men double team a girl. However they must scream "Hail to the Queen" every time they switch positions.
When Harry and ian were double teamining and swapped positions they screamed "Hail to the Queen" when they swapped ends
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