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Old 06-04-2014, 06:53 PM   #14026
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1. I'll guess 1969 and the first move would be to take pennies and halfpennies out of circulation, probably followed a bit later by taking those big lumpy threepences out.
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:17 PM   #14027
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:23 PM   #14028
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I have that as the Chon, with about 200 Chons to 1 penny sterling. It's in the top five, but it doesn't get you the point.
Ahh, you're talking official Exchange rates, not real World rates.
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Old 06-05-2014, 04:29 AM   #14029
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1. I'll guess 1969 and the first move would be to take pennies and halfpennies out of circulation, probably followed a bit later by taking those big lumpy threepences out.
No, much earlier.
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Old 06-05-2014, 04:30 AM   #14030
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4. 50 dollars?
No, much more.
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Old 06-05-2014, 04:32 AM   #14031
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Ahh, you're talking official Exchange rates, not real World rates.
Yes, I'm talking market exchange rates (not official exchange rates), not buying-power equivalence rates.

I'm not sure there are any countries trying to stick with an official exchange rate any more.
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Old 06-05-2014, 04:33 AM   #14032
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Answers this evening, with points going to nearest guess for coin value and start of decimalisation if no-one gets those questions spot-on.
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Old 06-05-2014, 08:40 AM   #14033
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1. The decimalisation issue - if you say much earlier it might have been shortly after the French Revolution; weren't the revolutionary French great decimalisers? But anybody daring to suggest such things in Britain at the time would certainly have been frowned off the island, wouldn't they?

4. Just for the heck of it: A million dollars?
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Old 06-05-2014, 08:59 AM   #14034
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1. The decimalisation issue - if you say much earlier it might have been shortly after the French Revolution; weren't the revolutionary French great decimalisers? But anybody daring to suggest such things in Britain at the time would certainly have been frowned off the island, wouldn't they?

4. Just for the heck of it: A million dollars?
I'm not going to give extra clues for these two. Your last guess at the time I decide to bring the quiz to an end this evening will be the one that counts.
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Old 06-05-2014, 09:45 AM   #14035
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Old 06-05-2014, 02:06 PM   #14036
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I'm off to my ballroom dancing class. I'll be back in a couple of hours to put this quiz to bed.

So if anyone wants to put in their guesses for the remaining questions, now's the time!
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Old 06-05-2014, 04:18 PM   #14037
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Remaining answers:

1. In what year did the UK first move towards decimalisation of its currency, and how?
1849, with the introduction of the florin, 1/10th of a pound. doubleshuffle gets the points, only 70 years out, better than anyone else!

3. How much were the following in old (UK) money and new money?
A groat was four old pence, or 1.67 new pence.

4. And as an apology to US members for the UK-centric nature, what's the largest value coin it has ever been proposed that the US Mint should issue?
One trillion dollars. No, really. I'll give the points to doubleshuffle, only a factor of a million out.

10 points to doubleshuffle.
15 points to Bilbo1967.
2 points to Bookpossum.


Over to Bilbo1967 for the next quiz!
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Old 06-06-2014, 05:37 PM   #14038
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That page you directed to was wrong. There are things that cost a trillion dollars. Paying polititions
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Old 06-07-2014, 06:28 AM   #14039
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That page you directed to was wrong. There are things that cost a trillion dollars. Paying polititions
If you couldn't get t the forbes article, here's the wikipedia page.
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Old 06-08-2014, 08:40 PM   #14040
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That was a joke the page worked just fine, thanks anyway
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