Originally Posted by zelda_pinwheel
also, little trivia for you, "la livre" means the pound in french (not to be confused with "le livre", the book), this name comes from a monetary system which was used by france until the revolution and in... the UK, until 1971.
The pound is, of course still used in the UK - it's just its "subdivision" which changed from "shillings and pence" (12 pence to the shilling, 20 shillings to the pound) to a simple 100 pence to the pound.
It's interesting to note that the standard "abbreviations" used for the pre-decimal British currency go right back to Roman times. The symbols "L" (pounds) "s" (shillings), "d" (pence) were short for "Libri", "solidi", and "denarii" - all Roman units of measurement.