среда, 16 февраля 2011 г.

Валюта Британии

 Decimal Day (15 February 1971) was the day the United Kingdom and Ireland decimalised their currencies.Today's Currency in Britain is the pound sterling. The sign for the pound is:
Since decimalisation in 1971, the pound has been divided into 100 pence. Up until 1971, the pound was made up of 240 pence. There were twelve pence in a shilling and 20 shillings in a pound. The currency was decimalised because adding up sums of money was more complicated than with a decimal currency.
 
People outside the countries were confused with how much the following coins were worth:
1 'farthing' worth one quarter of an old penny
1 'florin' worth 2 shillings (2s)
1 'shilling' (1s) worth 12 pence
'half-crown' - worth two shillings and sixpence, or one eighth of a pound).                                         

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