Re: Help with colonial diftances and monies

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Posted by Vita on July 18, 2000 at 15:46:10:

In Reply to: Re: Help with colonial diftances and monies posted by Adele on July 18, 2000 at 15:38:37:

Dear Adele,

thank you for your reply to Chris.
You see, this is the board I love to participate in! Some hot controversy, some good information...
I will npow surf over to your Coins links.

so, I thank you for myself, too, I really really enjoy INFORMATION.

(and live in love light and laughter)

: Hi Chris

: I think that I can help with a couple of your questions (can't vouch for my accuracy tho!)

: Right, here goes.....

: One (old) english pound was split into 240 pence or 'd', which I believe was also called a sovereign. 12d = 1 shilling. 20 shillings = one pound. One guinea = 1 pound 1 shilling. (Note, interesting fact, a guinea used to be the 'gentlemans' money, a tradesman would be paid in pounds, but a gentleman in guineas!) A crown was 5 shillings, a half crown was 2 shillings and 6d.

: A spanish dollar could have been worth anything from 4 shillings 6d upto 7 shillings - and I think (but definitely not sure!) that a spanish dollar was the orginal 'pieces of eight'. I think a York shilling was an eleven-penny bit, it was possibly a counterfeit coin (but again, not sure on that).

: As far as the miles are concerned, I think that a german mile equals 4.6 english miles or 7.4 kilometres.

: I found a very interesting site you may like to take a look at - it is basically about colonial coins, but also has some really interesting facts about European trading and Native Americans on the East Coast during the 18th century. Definitely worth a peek. I will try and link it (based on past experience, I had better type it in as well!

: If I haven't sent you off to sleep - welcome aboard!

: Adele

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