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How much twopence values in 1870's? two bottles of beer? Gabriel thought that twopence did not seem worth bothering about, so he stepped forward. ‘Here,’he said, handing the coins to the gatekeeper, ‘let the young woman pass.’ How much twopence is?
Nov 14, 2017 5:54 AM
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It is correct that twopence is two pennies. However the pound sterling was not decimalised until about 1970. Prior to this there were 12 pennies in one shilling and 20 shillings made a pound, so the there were 240 pennies in one pound. At decimalisation the value of the pound did not change, but it was simply divided into 100 new pence instead of the old more complicated system. One new penny being worth 2.4 old pennies. Thus, in the 1870s they would have been using the old pennies, twopence was less than one new penny, but with inflation it might well have bought two bottles of beer
November 14, 2017
As this is a language site, we may as well start with sorting out the language problems. Try not to get so involved in English literature that you forget how to use the English language :). Here's how you should have asked the questions: "What was twopence worth in the 1870s?" "What was the value of twopence in the 1870s?" and "How much is twopence?" Bramwell is right that that 'twopence' - or more commonly 'tuppence' - refers to the pre-decimalisation 2d, not 2p. The best way to work out what it was worth is to compare it to wages. In 1870s London, an unskilled manual labourer earned four or five shillings for working a 10-hour day, which was 50 to 60 pennies. So if you think of the 'twopence' in your story as being maybe one twenty-fifth of a poor person's daily income, you can get some idea of its value. And yes, you probably could get a couple of beers in a working man's alehouse for 2d at that time. It was a not inconsiderable amount for a poor person, but very little for a rich one. Remember also that the gulf between the rich and the poor was much greater in Victorian times. That's my two penn'orth, anyway. (Sorry, couldn't resist that one.)
November 14, 2017
Two pence is 2p or 2 pennies. You will sometimes see it written as 'tuppence' especially in the old times. It is very similar to 2 cents. Hope this helps Jane :)
November 14, 2017
So Gabriel is not so poor, or he is generous.
November 15, 2017
"What was twopence worth in the 1870s?" "What was the value of twopence in the 1870s?" "How much is twopence?"
November 15, 2017
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