<VV> UK Shilling; was FCs at Barrett Jackson

Robert Marlow, Vairtec Corporation vairtec at optimum.net
Mon Jan 20 14:49:18 EST 2020

There was a time when the Shilling was worth about 8 or so US cents, and 
the Shilling coin worked perfectly in the Garden State Parkway automatic 
toll baskets which were supposed to get a US Quarter.  So I'd get a 
batch of Shillings from the bank and use 'em when I drove the Parkway, 
which was often.

(Did someone say something about Corvair owners being cheap?)

After the toll got raised to 35 cents I abandoned the practice, and of 
course today both of my Corvairs have an E-ZPass transponder and the 
toll is $1.50...


PS:  This story was told to me by a friend.  I never did this myself.  
That would be wrong.

On 1/19/2020 1:31 PM, Hugo Miller via VirtualVairs wrote:
> That inflation figure seems very low to me. Here in the UK, prices 
> have risen roughly twenty-fold since that time (that's just my own 
> guesstimate). Having said that, I do seem to recall that there were 
> once eight Dollars to the Pound, whereas now it's something like 1.3. 
> Maybe inflation has been much lower in the US than in the UK?
> When I was a child, we regularly saw Pennies in circulation dating 
> from Queen Victoria's reign. I once had - and still have - a Penny 
> dated 1799 that I got in my change many years ago. That coin was 
> minted when King George III was still on the throne and George 
> Washington was still alive, and we had a proper currency, with twelve 
> Pennies in a Shilling and twenty Shillings in a Pound, and as a result 
> everybody could do mental arithmetic!

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