Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Threepence

Threepence (pronounced thruppence) or a threepenny piece or threepenny bit is a pre-decimilisation coin worth ... three old pence.

I suggest only having the one in your collection as offering to show people your threepenny bits can get an odd reaction.

22 comments:

Nicola said...

I remember my granddad talking about the threepenny bit. Hope you are enjoying yourself out and about :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

But we live for those odd reactions...

Maggie May said...

I remember the threepenny bit very well. At one point I was proficient in converting pounds, shillings and pence to the new decimal currency. Now I struggle. It must be like thinking in two languages. If you don't use it you lose it.

Susan A Eames said...

I remember keeping a few threepenny bits and sixpences, but all those coins gradually vanished over the mists of time! :)

Lindsay said...

Think I still have one somewhere. Rather liked them - solid and dependable.

S. M. Pace said...

There's something I really love about saying "thruppence." I wish I had one. Clearly, I need to travel more.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

How lovely to be reminded of these, Patsy, though I haven't seen once since they went out of use!

Teresa Ashby said...

With my accent it was always throopence :-) xx

Frances Garrood said...

I always wondered why they were that shape....but I'm sure there was a good reason.

oscar case said...

A threepence coin should be at least worth a nickel in the U.S., I think.

Patsy said...

We're having a great time thanks, Nicola.

Patsy said...

They'd be even odder if you tried it, Alex.

Patsy said...

Think that's true of a lot of things, Maggie.

Patsy said...

My grandma saved halfpennies just before they were withdrawn and gave two each to all her grandkids so we would always have them to rub together, Susan. Sadly I don't know where mine are now.

Patsy said...

I like them too, Lindsay.

Patsy said...

I found this one in some gravel while looking round a garden, SM.

Patsy said...

I hadn't until I found this one, Rosemary.

Patsy said...

I like that version too, Teresa.

Patsy said...

There must be, Frances - but I don't know what it is.

Patsy said...

I wouldn't be surprised, Oscar.

Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! said...

Hi human, Patsy,

My human, Gary, was telling me about him once using a thruppence. He said to me, "would you like a thruppence, hey Penny? I'm now going to go coin a phrase.

Pawsitive wishes,

Penny!

Patsy said...

I too have a human called Gary who liked thrupenny bits, Penny!