Author Topic: Happy Decimalisation Day!  (Read 2237 times)

Wowbagger

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Happy Decimalisation Day!
« on: February 15, 2021, 09:37:32 pm »
It has just occurred to me whilst in conversation with Jan's sister - that today is the 50th anniversary of the decimalisation of our currency.

Don't tell Farage.
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Kim

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Re: Happy Decimalisation Day!
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2021, 09:54:21 pm »
Finally, something that makes me feel young.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Re: Happy Decimalisation Day!
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2021, 09:59:42 pm »
Where's my thruppence?

offcumden

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Re: Happy Decimalisation Day!
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2021, 10:01:17 pm »
I remember it well. I was teaching at a Nottinghamshire primary school at the time. One member of my class around that time must have found the decimal system handy (but for distance, not currency) when he went on to become a prodigious avaleur de kilometres, and is currently OTP.  Blimey, half a century ago; surely you (we!) can't be that old, Steve  ;).   


Re: Happy Decimalisation Day!
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2021, 10:05:11 pm »
Diamondgeezer has brought back £sd:

https://diamondgeezer.blogspot.com/

Re: Happy Decimalisation Day!
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2021, 10:06:30 pm »
The 100th anniversary is the only one that matters.

mmmmartin

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Re: Happy Decimalisation Day!
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2021, 10:14:21 pm »
Thank heavens those days are over. Trying to work out the change you'd get after buying three lbs six oz of flour at 19/6d a hundredweight (cwt to be confusing) and handling over 17/6d was completely bonkers.
Besides, it wouldn't be audacious if success were guaranteed.

Re: Happy Decimalisation Day!
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2021, 12:43:08 am »
Just download an app on your mobile?

Why didn't anyone think of doing that back then?

Sic transit and all that..

Re: Happy Decimalisation Day!
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2021, 06:54:19 am »
According to my mother, the old system made mental arithmetic easier, since few things are sold in tens.  Also, it was easier to work out a third or a quarter of prices.
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MikeFromLFE

  • Previously known as Millimole
Re: Happy Decimalisation Day!
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2021, 07:27:16 am »
Brings back memories of my mother, who, being bemused at the new fangled money, would be told to count it up in tens on her fingers.
Much amusement and merriment (on my mother's part) when she produced her base 9 pair of hands.
She'd lost her left index finger in her first job in a meat slicing machine.
We knew how to have fun in t'olden days.
Too many angry people - breathe & relax.

Re: Happy Decimalisation Day!
« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2021, 07:30:21 am »
handling over 17/6d was completely bonkers.
A ten bob note, 7 shillings and a tanner. Simple. :thumbsup:

T42

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Re: Happy Decimalisation Day!
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2021, 08:00:03 am »
That means that 50 years ago today I was on a junket course in Eindhoven while some poor bugger back in Glasgow had to convert my programs to decimal.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

TimC

  • Old blerk sometimes onabike.
Re: Happy Decimalisation Day!
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2021, 08:23:28 am »
handling over 17/6d was completely bonkers.
A ten bob note, 7 shillings and a tanner. Simple. :thumbsup:

More likely a ten bob note and three half-crowns.

We were holding a protest in the tuck shop as they'd sneakily upped the price of Blackjacks from 4-a-penny (960/£) to 4-a-new-halfpenny (800/£). Bastards.

robgul

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Re: Happy Decimalisation Day!
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2021, 08:24:48 am »
handling over 17/6d was completely bonkers.
A ten bob note, 7 shillings and a tanner. Simple. :thumbsup:

... or seven half-crowns.

I have a complete set of the old coins and the 10/- £1 and £5 notes - kept for no other reason but notalgia (not that it's what it used to be  ;D)

The other thing that ceased with decimalisation was the 2d stamp on cheques - every cheque had a duty of twopence, with either an embossed stamp if you had an account with a posh bank, or a printed roundel for the hoi-polloi  (the cheque printing businesses had licences to print the stamp on cheques and then account for the money to HM Gov - I worked for one of the printers back then)
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robgul

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Re: Happy Decimalisation Day!
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2021, 08:29:04 am »
handling over 17/6d was completely bonkers.
A ten bob note, 7 shillings and a tanner. Simple. :thumbsup:

More likely a ten bob note and three half-crowns.

We were holding a protest in the tuck shop as they'd sneakily upped the price of Blackjacks from 4-a-penny (960/£) to 4-a-new-halfpenny (800/£). Bastards.

To me there is no doubt that the conversion contributed massively to price increases - as your Blackjack example.   IF we had implemented a "10 bob pound" then the base unit of 1p wouldn't have been such a massive 2.4 times the size of the old 1d.   

IIRC Australia changed from  £SD to dollars around the same time but did that on the "10 bob dollar" basis
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Giraffe

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Re: Happy Decimalisation Day!
« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2021, 08:54:06 am »
A chippy in Teflon did a blatant fiddle. We used to stop at a pub opposite the chippy on our way to the club hut in N.Wales then across for foods.
Chips were 6d one week and 6p the next. The sign had just the descender scribbled out and an ascender put in. If it hadn't been for hunger, fueled by BEERS, I would have walked out - after a loud, suitable comment.
2x4: thick plank; 4x4: 2 of 'em.

Re: Happy Decimalisation Day!
« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2021, 09:00:53 am »
I do remember handing a two shilling coin, but never a half crown. Crowns and farthings were
before my time.

TimC

  • Old blerk sometimes onabike.
Re: Happy Decimalisation Day!
« Reply #17 on: February 16, 2021, 09:04:42 am »
The half-crown was withdrawn only a year before decimalisation, in 1970.

T42

  • *** fool in a hurry
Re: Happy Decimalisation Day!
« Reply #18 on: February 16, 2021, 09:18:18 am »
The half-crown was a lovely coin. I wish I'd kept one as a souvenir but back then it was a whole pint of McEwan's.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

ian

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Re: Happy Decimalisation Day!
« Reply #19 on: February 16, 2021, 09:45:12 am »
Finally, something that makes me feel young.

It's indeed reassuring that I don't have to rely completely on the what I'm listening to topics in A&E.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Happy Decimalisation Day!
« Reply #20 on: February 16, 2021, 09:57:48 am »
Diamondgeezer has brought back £sd:

https://diamondgeezer.blogspot.com/
Nothing to do with decimalisation from the blogspot that links to now:
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Re: Happy Decimalisation Day!
« Reply #21 on: February 16, 2021, 11:23:26 am »
We had sixpennnies in our Christmas Pud (sorry- one of us got a sixpence in their portion of Christmas pud) well into the seventies. Were they just for decoration? I can't remember  :-\
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CommuteTooFar

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Re: Happy Decimalisation Day!
« Reply #22 on: February 16, 2021, 11:29:44 am »
remember to spend your pennies in sixpenny lots

Re: Happy Decimalisation Day!
« Reply #23 on: February 16, 2021, 11:32:51 am »
For anyone wanting good old British currency instead of this filthy foreign decimal stuff it should be noted that £ s d (Librae, Solidi and denari) were introduced by Charlemagne when he sorted out the old Roman currency and are therefor French.
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Re: Happy Decimalisation Day!
« Reply #24 on: February 16, 2021, 11:40:04 am »
My younger brothers class's pet was a guinea pig called Decimal.  The got it on D-day.  Still remember him bringing it home for the weekend.