Where to exchange currency and exchange rates (Coming
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The British currency has two units - the pound and the penny.
100 pennies make £1.
Currency paper notes are £5, £10, and £50.
The different notes are quite similar in size and appearance, so be careful!
£50 notes are not common, and many shops will not accept them, because of the danger of forgeries.
£1, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p and 1p.
In Scotland, £1 notes are still in use.
Please note that Scotland also issue their own Bank notes. British and Scottish notes and coins are interchangable but you might find some reluctance in the South of England to accept Scottish notes. Channel Islands and Isle of Man have some different coins from the mainland. You can spend British currency there, but you cannot use Channel Islands and Isle of Man currency in the rest of Britain.
The Republic of Ireland has coins and notes of similar sizes to Britain. They are a different exchange rate to the UK pound. You cannot use British money in the Republic of Ireland, or Irish money in Britain.
In conversation and shops, people often do not say 'pounds'. Something which costs £12.50 would usually be described as"twelve fifty". For things which cost less than one pound, people may say pence", but often they say "pee", meaning "p". For instance, "That is ninety-nine pee".
This goes back to the time in 1971 when decimal currency started. Before that time, there were 240 old pennies to the pound. At the time of change, to avoid confusion, people called the new pennies "new pee" or "pee".
The larger coins will often be called, for example, "a fifty pee", or a "fifty pee piece".
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