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eggshaped
162538.  Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:56 am Reply with quote

Did we use Darién last series anyone? If we didn't, we should have. And the Bank of England would be a perfect way in.

more here anyway

 
Molly Cule
162541.  Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:59 am Reply with quote

er.. yes, i'm not sure why on earth I wrote that. thanks. edited away.....

 
dr.bob
162563.  Tue Apr 03, 2007 5:23 am Reply with quote

eggshaped wrote:
more here anyway


And here:

http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/exhibns/month/may2005.html

 
Flash
162582.  Tue Apr 03, 2007 5:43 am Reply with quote

Molly Cule wrote:
Gold bars are really heavy, 2 pounds or 13 kgs. They are unusually shaped so they are easy to handle; they are trapezohedrons. The cost of one gold bar on the day I visited, Wed 28th was £135.671.


If they were selling 2lb bars for £136 each you should have snapped a few up: the price of gold bullion is about $665 an ounce.

 
Molly Cule
162646.  Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:00 am Reply with quote

Great! Sadly they aren't for sale or I would rush over there now. There is a sign updated daily next to the gold bar - which you can pick up by putting your hand through a hole in a plastic box - telling you how much the bar is worth that day.

 
Flash
162798.  Tue Apr 03, 2007 7:33 pm Reply with quote

Maybe it was £135,671 rather than £135.671.

I'll just post the message from the Bank of England which you forwaded to me today, Molly:

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to confirm that the £100mn note is called a titan - this is obviously our name for them rather than any official kind of name and we have 40 of them (and 4000 of the £1mn giants ie we have £4bn worth of each)

they apparently look much like the old white fivers

 
eggshaped
162814.  Wed Apr 04, 2007 2:03 am Reply with quote

If you're like me, you might not know what a "white fiver" looks like. Well, here's one:



Apparently at the time of the Napoleonic wars the smallest denomination of note issued by the bank of england was the tenner. The issuing of the fiver in 1793 was originally intended as a temporary measure.

link

 
eggshaped
162817.  Wed Apr 04, 2007 2:22 am Reply with quote

Flash, any chance of a group outing to Maastricht next week for the Papermoney Bourse, the largest papermoney fair in the world?

link

 
Jenny
162968.  Wed Apr 04, 2007 10:49 am Reply with quote

Any chance of bringing a few free samples home for the poor sods who don't live near enough to go on group outings?

 
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163213.  Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:06 am Reply with quote

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eggshaped
163222.  Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:12 am Reply with quote

more here

 
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163224.  Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:13 am Reply with quote

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suze
163228.  Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:19 am Reply with quote

Minor point of pedantry, since them that watch QI have been known to display a pedantic streak.

I think the question would need to be worded in the past tense, since the modern day Yapese currency looks remarkably like ...



this.

Yes, I know that makes it less exciting - but someone would be sure to notice!

 
eggshaped
163232.  Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:24 am Reply with quote

IIRC the large stones are still used for some transactions, if not as an official currency.

 
Gray
163236.  Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:31 am Reply with quote

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The universe. Some information to help you live in it.

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6. Monetary units: none. In fact there are three freely convertible currencies in the universe, but the Altairian Dollar has recently collapsed, the Flanian Pobble Bead is only exchangeable for other Flanian Pobble Beads, and the Triganic Pew doesn't really count as money. Its exchange rate of six Ningies to one Pew is simple, but since a Ningie is a triangular rubber coin 6,800 miles long each side, no-one has ever collected enough to own one Pew. Ningies are not negotiable currency because the Galactic banks refuse to deal in fiddling small change.

 

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