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Cite this Email this Add to favourites Print this page. You must be logged in to Tag Records. In the Library Request this item to view in the Library's reading rooms using your library card. Pound: A pound was the basic unit of currency. It came in the form of a paper bill, called a note, or a gold coin, called a sovereign. The slang term for a pound is a quid and there are other slang terms for various amounts of money that a reader will come across in historical novels.
A monkey is pounds, a pony is 25 pounds. You will often find those last two terms bandied about by gamblers in regency novels.
Glossary of Money Terms - Official and Slang
Shilling: There were 20 shillings to the pound. The shilling was the workhorse of the currency. It was used to buy food and household necessities like coal, candles and soap. The slang term for a shilling was a bob. Penny: The smallest unit of currency, the plural of which was pence. There were 12 pence to a shilling and pence to a pound.
These were the basic coins of the realm — nice and simple, yes? It would have been if those were the only three, but just when the reader has figured out pounds, shillings and pence, she runs into other terms which were used for some special coins — multiples and fractions of shillings and pence. And here they are:.
Guinea: A gold coin worth one pound, one shilling. The slang term for guinea was yellowboy.