Author Topic: Happy Decimalisation Day!  (Read 2285 times)

Mr Larrington

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Re: Happy Decimalisation Day!
« Reply #75 on: February 18, 2021, 03:19:35 am »
Pete Brown’s æxcellent tome Man Walks Into A Pub probably explains it but I'd have to find it first.
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Re: Happy Decimalisation Day!
« Reply #76 on: February 22, 2021, 09:48:45 am »
I thought the word penny derived from the Roman denarius, but apparently it was originally the pending, named for Penda, king of Mercia (d. 654) although established as a stable national currency by Offa a century later. Or so says P.J. Helm.

More curiously, in 774 Offa issued a gold coin, worth 30 silver pennies, with the words Offa Rex on the reverse but on the obverse an Arabic script taken from a dinar of Al-Mansur. It seems the Arabs at this time were known not only for preserving and furthering the scientific, medical and mathematical knowledge of the Greco-Roman world, but also for their gold coinage. Thus, even in Britain, it was felt that a gold coin had to feature Arabic script to be real.
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