Joanna here, talking about ... well ... money.
‘Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves.’
In the change purse of your average Regency housekeeper or light-hearted debutant or even your evil-eyed villain you might find farthings and halfpence, pennies, two pence -- all of those in copper. Then the silver coins, which would be four pence, six pence, shilling, eighteen pence, and half crown. You can see what they look like — them and the gold coins that you as a Regency person probably wouldn’t have been carrying around in your pocket every day — here.
There is a whole possibility of coins in that purse. When you reached in and pulled one out, maybe the most likely of all would be the humble and fascinating penny.
‘A penny for your thoughts’ dates to 1546.
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