How many pennies made a shilling? How many shillings made a pound? How many farthings to a shilling?
How many half-crowns in a pound? How many five-shilling-pieces in a pound?
6 How many ten-shilling notes in a pound?
Here are some prices taken from Daniel O'Connell's letters. 1798 journey from London to Hollyhead (by coach) in Wales: £5.00 Luggage: £2.2.0 Ship to Dublin: ten shillings and sixpence. £0.10.6 Food on the journey: £1.3.0
1822 Doctor's bill: £138.10.0
1823 Daniel O'Connell's uncle died and left him £15,000 1828 16 Dublin Catholics each subscribed £100 for election expenses.
Draw a picture from an encyclopaedia of some piece of old money like a penny or a shilling, or even a farthing.
Add up the sum below. Do you think arithmetic was harder in the days of old money (ended in 1971). £ S D
10 6 + 12 6
Make up sums using pounds, shillings and pence.
Imagine that you are at Corofin church. This is your first time seeing Ronan. Describe what he looks like while the money is being put in his bowl and how he adds it up in his head. Would you be surprised that he got it right?
Imagine that you are shopping in 1828. Write down an account of all you bought and how much you paid for it.