Old money quiz - questions and answers
Quite a lot of people have asked us for a complete pub quiz style old money quiz.
This quiz has three sets of questions: easy, moderate and expert.
Most of the answers to these questions can be found on this web site.
- How many old pennies were there in £1?
- How much was a bob, as in 'bob a job'?
- How many shillings were there in a pound?
- How many old pennies were there in a shilling?
- How much was half a crown?
- How much is a shilling worth in decimal pence?
- What letter was used to denote a quantity in old pence?
- Which of these was worth the most? A crown, a sovereign, a pound or a guinea.
- How many sides did a brass threepenny bit have?
- Which of these was worth the most? A florin, a sixpence, half a crown or a shilling?
- How much was a farthing worth?
- How much was a guinea?.
- One shilling (or 5p).
- Two shillings and six pence.
- Five pence.
- A guinea, it was £1 and one shilling or £1.05, a sovereign was a pound and a crown was five shillings or 25p.
- Half a crown. Half a crown is two shillings and six pence, a florin is two shillings and sixpence is half a shilling.
- A quarter of an old penny.
- Twenty-one shillings or £1.05.
- How many farthings are there in £1?
- What was special about silver coins minted before 1947?
- Which UK coin had a picture of a wren on it?
- What famous ship featured on Britain's halfpenny coin?
- How much is a 'tanner'?
- What does 'lsd' stand for in old money?
- If you bought a jar of coffee for 1/11 (1 shilling and eleven pence) and gave half a crown how much change would you get?
- What metal were 'silver' coins made from after 1946?
- There were two versions of the one shilling coin minted between 1937 and 1966. What were they commonly known as?
- What was the last year when you could spend an old money coin in the UK?
- When was the last time you could spend a white five pound note in Britain?
- In which pre-decimal years did the Royal Mint issue crowns since the Second World War?
- They contained at least 50% real silver.
- A farthing.
- The Golden Hind (or the Pelican).
- Libra Solidus Denarius.
- 7d (seven pence).
- English and Scottish.
- 1993. Bonus: which coin was it? Answer: a florin.
- 13 March 1961.
- 1951 (Festival of Britain), 1953 (The Queen's Coronation), 1960 (no reason), 1965 (the Death of Sir Winston Churchill).
- How much was a groat?
- What was special about the florin when it was minted in 1849?
- What do the following coins have in common: halfpennies and pennies minted in 1860, half crowns, shillings and sixpences minted in 1816, florins minted in 1849?
- What was the last country to use the pounds, shillings and pence system?
- What was the last year the farthing was legal tender?
- What was the last date on normal circulation pre-decimal coins?
- What was the last year silver threepenny bit was minted?
- What plant was featured on the first brass threepenny bit?
- How much was a 'Joey'?
- What was the last year you could spend a £1000 note in Britain?
- Put these coins in order of size (diameter), smallest first: halfpenny, penny, shilling, florin (two shillings) and half crown.
- In pre-decimal slang, how much was a dollar?
- 4d (four old pence).
It was Britain's first decimal coin, as it was one tenth of a pound.
- Bonus: it was called godless and graceless because the Royal Mint missed out some of Queen Victoria's titles.
- They were the oldest coins of their type still legal tender before decimalisation.
- 1967 Bonus: there was a special proof set issued in 1970.
- It was either a groat (4d) or latterly a silver threepenny bit (3d), so three or four pence should be allowed.
- Shilling, halfpenny, florin, penny and half crown.
- Five shillings.