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Re: Stratford: To Act or Not to Act
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1407  Friday, 24 May 2002

[1]     From:   Peter Holland <
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        Date:   Thursday, 23 May 2002 16:25:41 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1405 Stratford: To Act or Not to Act

[2]     From:   H. David Friedberg <
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        Date:   Thursday, 23 May 2002 16:20:41 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1405 Stratford: To Act or Not to Act

[3]     From:   Sam Small <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 10 Apr 2002 21:42:41 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1405 Stratford: To Act or Not to Act

[4]     From:   Sophie Masson <
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        Date:   Friday, 24 May 2002 21:16:42 +1000
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From:           Peter Holland <
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Date:           Thursday, 23 May 2002 16:25:41 +0100
Subject: 13.1405 Stratford: To Act or Not to Act
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1405 Stratford: To Act or Not to Act

6/- is six shillings = 30p in current coinage.

Peter Holland

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From:           H. David Friedberg <
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Date:           Thursday, 23 May 2002 16:20:41 -0400
Subject: 13.1405 Stratford: To Act or Not to Act
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1405 Stratford: To Act or Not to Act

>The King's Men were paid 6/- not to perform.  I don't know what
>those symbols mean, so I don't know the amount.  Will someone please tell me?

Six shillings and zero pence

I was taught at school that the oblique line -- /  -- or as we call it
here the slash represents an ess

The integer after the slash represents pennies, or simply d for denarii

Therefore 6/3 is six shillings and threepence

These are the old pennies, which have been superseded by the New pence,
or p

I miss the old familiar names for common coins. Bob, tanners, florins.
3d, by the way is pronounced thrippence, 2d is tuppence, 1.5d is three
hapence, and 1/6 is eighteenpence

Now it follows easily haha 5/- is five bob and also 25p

I do not have the glyph for pound on the keyboard, but it looks like a
fancy ELL.  It's still in use, at least until it all goes Euro

David

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From:           Sam Small <
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Date:           Wednesday, 10 Apr 2002 21:42:41 +0100
Subject: 13.1405 Stratford: To Act or Not to Act
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1405 Stratford: To Act or Not to Act

6/- means six shillings - or in modern currency thirty pence (0.3 of one
pound) - in American, 42 cents.  Don't ask me what it is in Euros - I
don't speak French.

Nice to see you back, Mike.

SAM SMALL

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From:           Sophie Masson <
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Date:           Friday, 24 May 2002 21:16:42 +1000
Subject: 13.1405 Stratford: To Act or Not to Act
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1405 Stratford: To Act or Not to Act

In response to your second question, 6/- means six shillings. A shilling
of the time is worth (I think) about $20US. Not a huge keep-away fee,
then!

Sophie Masson
Author site: http://www.northnet.com.au/~smasson

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