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Question about Abbreviation - British Currency

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Re: Question about Abbreviation - British Currency

Posted: 19 Oct 2012 2:21PM GMT
Classification: Query
I've just picked this query up whilst browsing the board. My best guess is that the " may stand in place for the shillings. As someone who can remember 'real' money, before this decimal rubbish came in, we were taught, if the amount included pounds, to always include pence,even if there were none - the amount would be written as say £1.1s.0d.(and that's a guinea - racehorses are still sold in guineas, not pounds)
A sum of just shillings and pence was written as 1/6 or 1/6d.
This is why I think the " stands for the missing shillings - but I was taught to write £1.0s.0d.,if there were no shillings. I've not seen the " used as a substitute. Could it be a mark used in legal documents only, rather than everyday writings?
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elizabeee 23 Sep 2012 2:04PM GMT 
ELLinSpain 24 Sep 2012 5:51PM GMT 
elizabeee 24 Sep 2012 7:05PM GMT 
TeamOwen 24 Sep 2012 9:52PM GMT 
elizabeee 24 Sep 2012 10:28PM GMT 
BelleRinger 12 Oct 2012 10:56AM GMT 
halpark 29 Oct 2012 1:51PM GMT 
JMooWat 25 Nov 2012 8:53AM GMT 
AnneKeen75 19 Oct 2012 8:21PM GMT 
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