<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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