We interrupt this revision to bring you the following complaint:

God, I hate working with non-decimal currency.

It took an irritating amount of math to figure out what £46 13s. 4d. works out to in Elizabethan marks. (Seventy, in case you were wondering.) Doing calculations where there are twelvepence (d) to the shilling (s) and twenty shillings to the pound, and a mark is worth 13s. 4d., is a good argument for modern currency systems.

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  1. drydem

    quoting Gaiman and Pratchett

    NOTE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND AMERICANS: One shilling = Five Pee. It helps to understand the antique finances of the Witchfinder Army if you know the original British monetary system:

    Two farthings = One Ha’penny. Two ha’pennies = One Penny. Three pennies = A Thrupenny Bit. Two Thrupences = A Sixpence. Two Sixpences = One Shilling, or Bob. Two Bob = A Florin. One Florin and one Sixpence = Half a Crown. Four Half Crowns = Ten Bob Note. Two Ten Bob Notes = One Pound (or 240 pennies). One Pound and One Shilling = One Guinea.

    The British resisted decimalized currency for a long time because they thought it was too complicated.qu

  2. aswego

    On the off chance that (a) you might need to do this again and (b) you haven’t already written up a plug-in-the-numbers formula and (c) such a formula might be helpful…

    Where x = amount in £ | y = amount in s. | z = amount in d.:

    240x + 12y + z
    ————— = number of Elizabethan marks

    To convert fractional marks, if any, into d.:

    (fraction) * 160 = d.

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    Meanwhile, good luck!

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