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Fractional units
« on: December 10, 2012, 09:18:02 PM »
Currencies usually have units and sub-units, e.g. dollar and cents, or pounds, shillings and pence (or just pounds and pence nowadays), where dollars and pounds are the units and the smaller denominations are the sub-units. There are two ways of naming your lower denominations: either as a sub-unit, or as a fractional unit: 50 pence is a sub-unit, but a half pound is a fractional unit. Which countries have preferred the fractional unit? That is what this topic is about.

See also: Fractional sub-units
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Re: Fractional units
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2012, 09:18:39 PM »


Jordan, half dinar.

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Re: Fractional units
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2012, 09:19:09 PM »


Morocco, half dirham.

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Re: Fractional units
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2012, 09:20:53 PM »
Mauritius: quarter rupee and half rupee.









 
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Re: Fractional units
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2012, 09:23:30 PM »
Albania, quarter lek and half lek, 1926.








 
 
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Re: Fractional units
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2012, 10:13:15 PM »
Albania under Italian occupation. 0.05 and 0.10 lek, 1940.
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Re: Fractional units
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2012, 10:40:05 PM »
Mauritania, 1/5 ouguiya, 1973.

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Re: Fractional units
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2012, 11:12:32 PM »
Interim comment ;) without images: Some countries use a mix of both. That is, lower denominations use "full sub-units" while the somewhat higher ones are fractional (main) units.

Switzerland for example has "1/2 Fr" coins; below that there are 20, 10 and 5 ct/rp coins. In the Netherlands they had a 1/2 Gulden coin until the early 1930s (the denomination was then dropped). The Deutsches Reich had a 1/2 Mark coin between 1905 and 1919. And the US has 1/4 dollar (no digits) and 1/2 dollar (no digits) coins ...

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Re: Fractional units
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2012, 12:05:21 PM »


Dominican Republic, half peso.
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Re: Fractional units
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2012, 12:20:10 PM »
Half Rupee and Quarter Rupee(Rep India) and you have same in BI coins also.
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Re: Fractional units
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2013, 09:16:41 PM »
Netherlands Antilles, 1/10 gulden 1970; ¼ gulden, 1954.

The Netherlands also did quarter and tenth guldens for the Curacao and the Netherlands East Indies, but never a half gulden. A half gulden/guilder was issued in the home country from 1904 to 1930, along with 10 cents and 25 cents coins - never tenth or quarter gulden coins.

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Re: Fractional units
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2013, 10:23:13 PM »
A real fractional unit:



Nemausus in Gallia, 16-3 BC., Augustus, As (halved Dupondius), RPC 523 var.

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Re: Fractional units
« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2013, 03:49:20 AM »
Allow me to mention the Danish ½ krone of 1926 and 1939:



(Image by Niels Jørgen Jensen and Mogens Skjoldager)

I find it interesting that the coin survives today as the 50-øre denomination, this time as the sub-unit instead of the fractional unit, but still the same value of 0.50 krone.

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Re: Fractional units
« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2013, 06:09:36 AM »

The French denomination say"1C", but Chinese Denomination shows "One by Hundred", clearly a fractional number.


Another Vietnamese Piece(French Tonkin), showing "One by Six Hundred".
The use of the Chinese words "Tongbao"(or Thong Bao in Vietnamese, meaning Circulated Treasure) is uncommon here. The word is usually used together with the Emperor's Regnal Title (Bao Dai Thong Bao,  Khai Dinh Thong Bao etc) or country name, or the mint's name, people usually don't simply put "Thong Bao" there.


And the Hong Kong one mil coin.
The thing is, the Chinese words they used for "One Mil" is exactly the word for "One Thousand"which inflated its value by 1000000 times, whereas it should be "One By a Thousand".
Tong Bao_Tsuho_Tong Bo_Thong Bao

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Re: Fractional units
« Reply #14 on: October 17, 2014, 07:36:47 PM »
Austria, ½ Schilling, 1925.