# ten shillings

## English translation: fifteen pounds

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 09:53 Sep 1, 2008
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Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature / money calculation question
 English term or phrase: ten shillings I need to add a note concerning how much ten shillings in 1920 England would be worth today. Does anyone have a good reference for how to calculate it? (Approximate value suffices).
 veratekBrazil Local time: 04:10
 English translation:fifteen pounds Explanation:It's 50 pence, and in 1920 the composite price index was 25.3 vs 2003 in 715.2 (1970=100). That's about 30 times, so the current value is about 15GBP or 28USD. That's from a document called "Consumer Price Inflation since 1750" available from the statistical office. I'll find a ref.--------------------------------------------------Note added at 9 mins (2008-09-01 10:03:28 GMT)--------------------------------------------------http://www.statistics.gov.uk/CCI/article.asp?ID=726
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David Knowles
Local time: 08:10
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4 +7fifteen pounds
 David Knowles

8 mins   confidence: peer agreement (net): +7
fifteen pounds

Explanation:
It's 50 pence, and in 1920 the composite price index was 25.3 vs 2003 in 715.2 (1970=100). That's about 30 times, so the current value is about 15GBP or 28USD.
That's from a document called "Consumer Price Inflation since 1750" available from the statistical office. I'll find a ref.

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Note added at 9 mins (2008-09-01 10:03:28 GMT)
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http://www.statistics.gov.uk/CCI/article.asp?ID=726

 David KnowlesLocal time: 08:10Specializes in fieldNative speaker of: EnglishPRO pts in category: 72
 Thank you! Exactly what I was looking for...

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Gary D: wow The old 10 shillings and sixpence was really worth something. It used to cost me this to go the the matinee on Saturdays in 1965
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agree  Ken Cox: nice work
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agree
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agree  Sheila Wilson: What memories! I remember being so excited by my first ever brown 10/- note!
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agree
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agree  Jack Doughty: In the 1890s, my father, then a little boy, was delighted to be given a sixpence (two and a half decimal pence) by his grandfather.
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agree  Tony M: Working purely empirically, I had arrived at a factor of about ×12, so not too far out, really! Makes my half-crown pocket money (albeit in the '60s) seem almost generous now! Have you noticed, by the way, how inflation has also affected the Tooth Fairy?
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