[Sca-cooks] period prices

Terry Decker t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net
Mon Nov 20 17:56:06 PST 2006

Pence is a plural of penny as is pennies.  There are 240 pence or pennies in 
a pound sterling or about 1.55 grams of silver (IIRC).

I've also come across a reference that prices pepper in late-14th Century 
England at 5 shillings (60 pence), which would make a sheep worth 4/5 of a 
pound of pepper at that time and place.


> I'm a bit confused here.
> I think you are saying, 5 sous = 5 English silver pennies.
> But how do these silver pennies relate to pence? Or are "pence" the
> same as "pennies"?
> Which would mean that a sheep was worth about ten pounds of pepper.
> Stefan

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