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by jaa101
Sun Jul 12, 2015 4:03 am
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Noble Coin Usage
Replies: 7
Views: 3883

Re: Noble Coin Usage

So the idea of giving some one a third or two-thirds of a pound might have come from that. It seems clear that the division of the pound rigidly into shillings and pence is relatively modern practice. In older times the use of farthings (quarter pennies), groats (four pence), crowns (quarter pound)...
by jaa101
Sun Jul 12, 2015 3:44 am
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Noble Coin Usage
Replies: 7
Views: 3883

Re: Noble Coin Usage

[...] so there would be NO Nobles or their fractioins in circulation. So unless Horntooter was collecting medieval coins in the post then the reference is horsefeathers, Sorry if I wasn't clear. For the reasons you correctly point out, I'm fairly sure that people were sending him six and eight-penc...
by jaa101
Sat Jul 11, 2015 2:06 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: What is Sweet Oil?
Replies: 4
Views: 2901

Re: What is Sweet Oil?

Google knows the answer to many questions like this. Ask it about books between 1810 and 1900 (or whenever) containing the phrase you're interested in, like this: https://www.google.com/search?q="sweet+oil"&tbm=bks&tbs=cdr:1,cd_min:1810,cd_max:1900 In this case, be prepared to traw...
by jaa101
Sat Jul 11, 2015 1:54 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Noble Coin Usage
Replies: 7
Views: 3883

Noble Coin Usage

History question: C.S. Forester has Hornblower receive in the post multiple sums of six and eight-pence and three and four-pence, apparently as tokens of esteem or as rewards for his exploits [ Flying Colours , chap. 17]. I can discover that 6/8, a third of a pound or 80 pence, was once a gold coin ...

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