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Some interesting facts sent in by Andrew Lister
Reading about pre-decimalisation UK coinage, and looking at the scanned photos which appears slightly larger than life on my screen, I was reminded that the ha'penny was exactly 1 inch in diameter. Also just like today's 5 and 10 p pieces, or the 1 and 2 pence pieces, the weights of the farthing, ha'penny and penny were in proportion to their value, as were the sixpence, shilling and florin (and just possibly the half-crown, too).
i.e. 2 halfpennies weighed the same as 1 penny: 4 farthings weighed the same as 1 penny: 2 farthings weighed the same as 1 halfpenny: 2 sixpenses weighed the same as 1 shilling; 2 shilling pieces weighed the same as a florin and a florin and 1 sixpence weighed the same as a half-crown etc.
General observations from Diana -
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