Before decimalisation there used to be 240 pence in a pound. Now we have just a 100. The biggest rip-off ever.
But enough of me moaning and on with the post.
Starting with the lower denominations we have a penny, pence being the plural.
The two penny piece is called a tupp’ny bit.
A five pence piece is a bob.
Ten and twenty pence pieces…nothing sparkling there that I know of.
Fifty pence is a spanner or ten bob bit.
A pound coin is a nicker, bin lid, quid, or nugget.
A two pound coin is a double nugget.
A five pound note is a Lady Godiva, rhyming slang for fiver. Sometimes just called a lady. Up north we sometimes call them a George from when they used to have a picture of George Stephenson on the back.
A ten pound note, more commonly known as a tenner, is also known as a Henry, from King Henry the Eighth, because an eight of cannabis resin costs 10 pounds…not that I’d know anything about that.
A twenty pound note is known as the obvious ‘score’ but there are numerous examples of rhyming slang, such as Severn Bore, from the River Severn.
There isn’t such a thing as a twenty-five pound note (unless you count the ones made by illiterate forgers) but this sum of money is known as ‘a pony’.
A fifty pounds note is known as a bullseye.
One hundred pounds is known as a ton.
Five hundred pounds is ‘a monkey’
Right, I’m going to stop there before you die of boredom or sue me for retina damage.