Possibly the oldest currency in the world, the British pound plays a role in the cases of Sherlock Holmes. This section provides links to learning more about pounds, shillings, and pence, the money in Holmes' world. Bonus: An episode of I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere discussing Sherlock Holmes' coin collection.
- A Short History of the Pound
- English weights and measures: Money
- Current Value of Old Money (Exeter)
- Currency, Coinage and the Cost of Living (Old Bailey web site)
- Historical currency converter
- Converter from Historical Statistics
- Purchasing Power of British Pounds
- Coins in the Canon
For practical purposes, it's usually sufficient to calculate in your head that £1 (one pound) in 1895 would buy what $100 US will buy today. So one shilling equals $5.