How much did it cost back then? Put your old money knowledge to the test!

2021 marks 50 years since our UK coins went decimal and as part of our celebrations, we’ve got a quiz for you… for those of you not on Facebook, or if you missed out before, here’s a chance to have a go at one of our most popular quizzes from our 50 day countdown to Decimalisation!

How well can you remember Old English Money? Put your knowledge to the test as we ask you to tell us how much these household items used to cost!

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  1. Robert Sissons on February 5, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    I got 80%. In the free and easy days of the late 60s and early 70s it wasn’t unusual for parents to send their young children to the shops with a pound note for a few groceries!

    I never remember anyone using the expression ‘crown’ apart from when talking about the actual coins, which you never saw in change. You’d just say “five shillings”. But a shopkeeper might well say “half-a-crown” if you asked the price and something cost 2/6d.

    Something I also remember clearly is that the prices of expensive items such as clothes were often shown in shillings, so shirts or trousers might have a price tag showing 59/11 rather than £2 19s 11d.

    I remember a Mars Bar cost 8d in February 1971, and went up to 4p after February 15th!

  2. Julie webb on February 5, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    Took quiz got 100% amazing

  3. Les kent on February 5, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    Well Alexandra
    I have to say that gets your brain ticking trying to work out the old LSD money though I don’t remember ever using the crown when I was a lad mind you it was a along time ago now.
    Very interesting please keep up the good work.
    Les .

    • Alexandra Siddons on February 9, 2021 at 1:25 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the quiz Les 🙂 Thank you for your kind words.

  4. Eric Elias on February 5, 2021 at 11:16 am

    As a dealer I look for ways of measuring the cost of my stock

    What is true cost with inflation of for instance a First Day Cover of 1971 after 50 years?
    Property has gone up x 50 or more
    Cost of postage from 3p to 88p or 2.5p to 66p
    Gold also massive but we selling items such as Churchill Crowns at same price as 50 years ago

  5. Trevor Madigan on February 5, 2021 at 11:12 am