A bit slow to let go of gaudy styling!?! Our
old coins had been in circulation for far longer than the boring politicians who decided to get rid of them, [believe it or not]!
£ = libra, latin for pound.
s = shilling, from a 1ST milennium Viking word meaning to nick a silver wire to enable it to be broken into pieces of equal values.
d = penny, from the latin coin the denari.
Denarius had been in circulation in various forms for 2000 years in Britannia since the Romans.
The crown was born from "pieces-of-eight" stolen from the Spanish by Elizabeth I's English Pirates in the 16C. Rather than have the expense of re-minting the coins they defaced them by stamping a small Tudor crown right into Phillip I's ugly fizzog.
What did we get in return for our romantic coins, [ the far-thing, half-penny, thuppenybit, groat, tanner, shilling, florin, half crown, double-florin, crown, sovereign, guinee? The pathetic 'p' or 'new penny', specially designed for the thick and stupid who couldn't count up to twenty unless they took their socks and shoes off. [ in Norfolk, that'd read 24!] Mind you, by the time the coinage was dumbed down in 1971, they had already stolen all the real silver coins out of circulation and replaced them with cupro-nickel. Today even those are going, replaced bt plated crap. Have any Brits noticed the p is now magnetic dross?
[This message has been edited by Alan Belson (edited 05-19-2006).]