Pounds, Shillings, and Pence

A close-up pile of British coins

The British pound, which is considered by some to be the oldest currency in the world, plays a role in many of the cases of Sherlock Holmes. The detective uses pounds, shillings, and pence to tip informants, hire cabs, and manage his business. This section provides links so you can learn more about money in Holmes' world. As you look through the links, remember that it's usually sufficient to calculate in your head that £1 (one pound) in 1895 would buy what $120 US will buy today. So one shilling equals $6.