monetary trivia (bawbees)

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Message 14712 · 21 Nov 1998 17:35:20 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Norman:

As of today, 21st November, the Canadian dollar is worth about 64cents U.S.
or .381 new pence (UK). But, with regard to the latter, the official exchange
rate bears no relation to the actual purchasing power. When Canadians
visit the UK they find that it costs about 1 pound to buy what would cost
$1 in Canada. Perhaps I should add, except for Ball tickets -- I guess
that the cost of hiring the bands is much less in the UK.

Eric

Norman BETT wrote:

> on 20 Nov 98, xxxxxxxxxx@xx.xxxxxxxxxx.xxx-xxxxxxxxx.xx wrote...
>
> >
> >The older bawbee was worth sixpence i.e. one-twentyfourth of a pound.
> >
> >However, the Scots pound was worth one-twelfth of a pound Sterling.
> >
> >So eventually the Scots term bawbee was used for a halfpenny which was its
> >value in Sterling.
> >
> >It is now obvious why many other countries used a decimal coinage.
> >
> >
> >Peter Hastings
> >Royal Observatory
> >Edinburgh
> >(:
> >
> >ps so who was Jenny ?
> >
> Thank you for this illuminating discourse on the `bawbee'.
>
> I don't think we'll ever know who Jenny was. Incidentally, which came first:
> the old air from Niel Gow's collection or `Polly put the kettle on' ?
>
> Norman
>
> Norman Bett
> Cambridge UK
>
> Tel: 01223-248988
>
> --
> Norman BETT <xxxxxx@xxxxx.xxx>

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