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Week # 53- Who's got the luck of the Irish?

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It's New Orleans,1855. You've just made a purchase, and the clerk gives you back change of three picayunes and two bits. How much money did you get?

 

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It would be 43.75 US cents which is also equivalent to

7 picayunes, or 3.5 bits.

The one exception is if they are three extremely badly worn picayunes, It would only be worth 40 cents as a badly worn picayune used to be passed as a half dime instead of a 6.25 piece.

 

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Since a "picayune" was the smallest Spanish silver denomination and equal to half a bit (or 6 1/4 cents), and two bits equaled 25 cents, the math is:

 

2 bits --> 25 cents

3 picayunes --> (3 * 6 1/4) --> 18 3/4 cents

 

Total received equals (25 + 18 3/4) cents --> 43 3/4 cents.

 

Beijim

 

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A Picayune is 6 1/4 cents. If I added correctly it would be 43 3/4 cents... Three picayunes is 18 3/4 and two bits is 25 cents...

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a picayunes could mean a five cent piece or a half real. seeing that we are in the US and I belive that it was illgal at that time to use forien transactions in the US I will have to think you mean a five cent piece. Two bits is a quarter. So you would get 40 cents back. CHRIS

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Well, a picayune equals five cents a piece according to an online reference. The online reference also said two bits equals one eighth of a dollar. (Reference was dictionary.com) So the total would be $.275.

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The question: It's New Orleans, 1855. You've just made a purchase, and the clerk gives you back change of three picayunes and two bits. How much money did you get back?

 

 

The answer is 40 cents.

 

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