20p is not the same as half a crown: a reblog

I am reblogging this in response to fandangos FDDA today which has a theme of ‘something you found’.


Hubby and I walked Maggie along the beach this morning. We started off on the prom down to the clubhouse, then as the tide was still way out, we went down on the sand.
Photo: June 2018, but it was like this today.

The water was making rivulets down to the sea, which were quite deep in places, so Maggie got to have a paddle without having to go right to the water’s edge.
Making our way back to the prom, I spotted something in the sand and thought at first it was a penny. It was actually a twenty pence piece, and took me back about 55 years to a time when I found half a crown in the sand on Rockley Sands in Poole.

Half a crown was two shillings and sixpence, in today’s money 12½p, but back then it was a small fortune to a youngster like…

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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6 Responses to 20p is not the same as half a crown: a reblog

  1. It was a fortune back when I was a kid.

  2. murisopsis says:

    I’m still confused by the British monetary system… One thing the US did right was to use a metric system for the money…

    • We are metric/decimal, having one hundred pennies to the pound since February 1971. It was a con going from 240 pennies to one hundred! Now it’s not worth squat as governments are talking in billions and trillions. I can’t get my head round all those zeros. When I worked in the High Street, I only once had one million pounds under my responsibility. I wanted to sit in the strong room surrounded by it all, then push my hands up and through it shouting ‘Whee!!’ but they wouldn’t let me (shucks). In my analytical position with the American Bank, it was all millions and billions, but only on paper.

  3. Carol anne says:

    I am too young to remember half a crown, but I think it was a lot of money back in the day. Xx

    • Worth 12 and a half pence in today’s money. Pre decimal, we had florins, the bob, tanners, thruppeny bits, half crowns, crowns and the coveted ten bob note (50p today)!! I am old enough to remember, and still convert today’s prices BACK to £ S D!

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