Q: What could 5 shillings buy in 1850s?

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Five Shillings GBP in 1803 had the purchasing power of about £16.80 GBP today.

Pound; l (lower-case L) or more commonly, £ with an extra cross-bar. Shilling (i.e. 12 pennies); s (lower-case), or /- if there are no 'pound' units, and no pennies. Pennies; d (lower-case). example: Two pounds, five shillings and sixpence.... £2 5s 6d five shillings.... 5/- five shillings and sixpence.... 5/6d

Five Shillings GBP in 1650 had the purchasing power of about £20.45 GBP today. NOTE - This historical conversion is the result of many calculations and considerations by a purpose designed program for which I can take no credit. The resulting answer should only be regarded as an approximation.

Five Shillings GBP in 1843 had the purchasing power of about £18.67 GBP today. NOTE - This historical conversion is the result of many calculations and considerations by a purpose designed program for which I can take no credit. The resulting answer should only be regarded as an approximation.

The currency of England was unchanged from the middle ages until decimalisation in 1971. The currency was pounds, shillings and pence. 4 farthings = 1 penny (1d = 4 x ¼d) 12 pence = 1 shilling (1/- = 12d) 20 shillings = one pound (£1 = 20/-) That gave £1 = 960 Farthings. The farthing was abolished before decimalisation as its value had become so low. There was also an alternative top-level unit, the guinea. 1 Guinea = 21 shillings. Large amounts were sometimes quoted in Guineas instead of pounds Examples of how amounts were written: 2½d = Two and a half pence, pronounced: "Tuppence Ha'penny". 6d = Sixpence = half of a shilling. 10/- = 10 shillings 10/6 = 10 shillings and six pence £5/7/6 = 5 pounds, 7 shillings and sixpence. Since 1971, £1 = 100p (pence). The pound was unchanged by decimalisation, but its value has significantly decreased because of inflation.

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you would be able to buy a goose(7 shillings), pudding(5 shillings), and oranges, sage, and onions(3 shillings)

There were 21 shillings in a guinea, 20 shillings in £1. A guinea was useful for a family of 3 children as they could get 7 shillings each.

The coins of James I are as follows -First Coinage 1603-1604Gold coins -Sovereign (20 Shillings)Half-Sovereign (10 Shillings)Crown (5 Shillings)Halfcrown (2 Shillings and Sixpence - 2/6)Silver coins -Crown (5 Shillings)Halfcrown (2 Shillings and Sixpence - 2/6)ShillingSixpenceHalfgroatPennyHalfpennySecond Coinage 1604-1619Gold coins -Rose-ryal (30 Shillings)Unite (20 Shillings)Spur-Ryal (15 Shillings)Angel (10 Shillings)Half-angel (5 Shillings)Double-crownBritain crownThistle crown (4 Shillings)HalfcrownSilver coins -Crown (5 Shillings)Halfcrown (2 Shillings and Sixpence - 2/6)ShillingSixpenceHalfgroatPennyHalfpennyCopper coins -FarthingThird Coinage 1619-1625Gold coins -Rose-ryal (30 Shillings)Laurel (20 Shillings)Spur-Ryal (15 Shillings)Angel (10 Shillings)Half-laurel (10 Shillings)Quarter-laurel (5 Shillings)Silver coins -Crown (5 Shillings)Halfcrown (2 Shillings and Sixpence - 2/6)ShillingSixpenceHalfgroatPennyHalfpennyCopper coins -FarthingIn 1612, all coins had their value increased by 10%, but seem to have reverted to their original values by 1619.

5 Shillings GBP in 1950 had the purchasing power of about £5.74 GBP today. 5 Shillings GBP in 1950 had the purchasing power of about $9.45 USD today.

5 shillings in pre-decimal British currency was 0.25 of one pound sterling.

A predecimal Half-Sovereign was equal to 10 Shillings. A predecimal Crown was equal to 5 Shillings. A predecimal Halfcrown was equal to 2 Shillings and Sixpence (or 2 and a half Shillings). So there would be 4 Halfcrowns in a Half-Sovereign.

About 5 shillings.

Five Shillings GBP in 1803 had the purchasing power of about £16.80 GBP today.

There was no 1955 British Crown (Five Shillings) minted. You possibly refer to the 1953 "Coronation" Crown.

You could buy five items from the Dollar Store.

Five Shillings GBP in 1530 had the purchasing power of about £86.94 GBP today.

Now it is 25p...... At the time when we in UK still had shillings & pence it was a considerable amount of money. If you got 5 shillings pocket money you were very well off indeed. Just think 25 P wont even get you a mars bar now...