The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0060 Monday, 14 January 2002
Date: Sunday, 13 Jan 2002 15:07:47 -0800
Subject: Elizabethan Coins
Following up the query about terms for British coins, I was wondering if
anyone could describe Elizabethan coins in terms of size. I bought a
set of aluminum replicas of Elizabethan coins at The Globe the other
day, and apart from the penny, all of them have the Queen's image on one
side and the royal arms on the other. The only difference is size:
which is which? Is the one about the size of a Canadian or American
quarter (or 10p) a Shilling?
I wonder if the Elizabethans ever had trouble telling them apart. Of
course, Americans seem to have no trouble telling their bills apart,
even though they're all the same colour.
By the way, Gabriel Egan notes that "Contrary to recent media coverage,
international standardization of money is not new." Indeed it is not.
The Venetian ducat was recognized throughout most of Europe, though it's
value derived from the value of gold, an effective international
currency among European countries until the 20th century. Of course, we
might also talk about hard liquor or cigarettes in the 1940s.
Just my 2