Many of the puzzles in this book assume a
familiarity with the currency of Great Britain in the early 1900s. As
this is likely not common knowledge for those outside Britain (and possibly
many within,) I am including a chart of relative values.
The most common units used were:
|the Penny,||abbreviated: d. (from the Roman penny, denarius)|
|the Shilling,||abbreviated: s.|
|the Pound,||abbreviated: £|
There was 12 Pennies to a Shilling and 20 Shillings to a Pound, so there
was 240 Pennies in a Pound.
To further complicate things, there were many coins which were various
fractional values of Pennies, Shillings or Pounds.
|Sixpence (or tanner)||6d.|
|Shilling (or bob)||1s.|
|Florin or two shilling piece||2s.|
|Half-crown (or half-dollar)||2s. 6d.|
|Crown (or dollar)||5s.|
|Sovereign (or Pound)||£1 or 20s.|
This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it should be adequate to
solve the puzzles in this book.
(The above is written by the Transcriber for Amusement in