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:

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

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    1. We're having a great time thanks, Nicola.

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

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  3. 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.

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

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

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    1. My grandma saved halfpennies just before they were withdrawn and gave two each to all her grandkids so we would always have them to rub together, Susan.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.

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

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

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

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

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

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  8. With my accent it was always throopence :-) xx

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

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

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

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  11. 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!

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

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