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Old units of money

bob

noun

a shilling in the old British money system

crown

noun

a unit of money used in the UK in the past. One crown was worth five shillings.

Deutschmark

noun

a unit of money that was used in Germany until it was replaced by the euro in 2002

DM

abbreviation

Deutschmark: the unit of money used in Germany before the euro

drachma

noun

the unit of money that was used in Greece until it was replaced by the euro in 2002

ducat

noun

a gold coin used in some European countries in the past

farthing

noun

an old British coin worth a quarter of an old penny

florin

noun

a coin used in the UK in the past, worth one-tenth of a pound

Fr

abbreviation

franc (=the money used in France before the Euro and in some other countries)

franc

noun

the unit of money used in France and Belgium before the Euro replaced it and still used in Switzerland and some other countries

groat

noun

a coin of low value that was used in the past in England

guilder

noun

a unit of money that was used in the Netherlands before it was replaced by the euro in 2002

guinea

noun

a unit of money or a gold coin used in Britain in the past, worth £1.05

half crown

noun

a coin from a money system used in the past in the UK and some other countries. There were eight half crowns in a pound.

halfpenny

noun

a small coin from a money system used in the past in the UK and some other countries

ha’penny

another spelling of halfpenny

Lsd

noun

the system of money used in the UK before 1971

mark

noun

the unit of money used in Germany before the euro

peseta

noun

a unit of money that was used in Spain until it was replaced by the euro in 1999

pieces of eight

noun

coins used by the Spanish in the past

s

abbreviation

shilling

shilling

noun

a small unit of money that was used in the UK until 1971

sixpence

noun

a unit of money worth six old pennies, used in the UK until 1971, or the small silver coin with this value

sovereign

noun

an old unit of money in the form of a gold coin worth one pound

threepence

noun

an old word meaning ‘three pence’, especially in the system of money used until 1971

threepenny bit

noun

a coin worth three pence in the system of money used until 1971

tuppence

another spelling of twopence

tuppenny

another spelling of twopenny

twopence

noun

two pence, especially two old British pence

twopenny

adjective

costing or worth two old British pence

wampum

noun

shells on strings that some native americans used as money in the past

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carob

a sweet brown powder that tastes like chocolate and is made from the seeds of a Mediterranean tree

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