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Started by <k>, August 22, 2017, 01:31:41 PM
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Quote from: FosseWay on August 30, 2017, 08:10:37 AMOne common thread throughout <k>'s discussions on alternative decimal histories seems to be that the authorities were perhaps overly conservative in their estimates of what the public could cope with, and how fast. ... in general people took to the new system far more quickly than anticipated.Ultimately, people learn the value of money very quickly. It is not in their interests to make too many mistakes, so they subconsciously ensure that they are clued up.
Quote from: <k> on August 31, 2017, 12:37:24 PM I believe the round pound was based on the French 10 francs coin,
Quote from: <k> on August 31, 2017, 06:38:34 PMWell, you have included only three players. What if the US is weak too? After all, it has trillions of dollars' worth of debt and has in the past resorted to huge QE.
Quote from: FosseWay on August 31, 2017, 08:46:16 PMThis reminds me of a far bigger faux pas related to new coin issues than anything the UK has managed since the abortive double-florin, namely the little nickel 10-franc piece, which was issued for one or two years in the mid-1980s. It was so much of a flop that in 1987 they went back to the old, large bronze 10 francs before issuing the better known bimetallic coin which continued in use until the euro. Not even the US's equivalent screw-up - the Susan B. Anthony dollar - necessitated running back in time to the previous issue.At 21 mm and 6.5 g, the nickel 10 francs was far too close to the ½ franc at 19.5 mm and 4.5g, despite being worth 20 times more.