British Money was interesting to get used to…with its white £ notes- covered with much brighter colours that our sober, greenish-gray
On a “note-by-note” basis, however, the spending power seems to be about the same. That is to say, if you walked into a Burlington Supermarket with a $20 bill, and you walked into a British Grocer with a £20 note, you would walk about with roughly the same amount of food in your shopping bag. (This means, of course, that things here are about twice as expensive as they are in the States.)
My neighbor Dwight gave us a pound before we left, and said that he would enjoy the thought of us plunking it down on the bar of a
At any rate, I now understand what Dwight meant. Unlike the
The pound coins, in particular, give great pleasure. First of all, they are about twice as thick as any American coin- somewhat like a Double-Stuff Oreo Cookie…and because of this, when you have a handful of pounds, it’s heavy, and you REALLY feel like you have a handful of MONEY.
They make the most delightfully solid clunking sound when you rattle them together.
After rolling a handful of British Pounds around my palm, I think I understand Scrooge a little better.