Cash in a bottle

Guessing the value of cash in a bottle was a fund raiser during World War Two. The little game was designed to raise funds for war weapons. We have the results sheet.

Results sheet for Cash in a bottle competition

Results sheet for Cash in a bottle competition

125 coins had been put in a bottle. It is interesting to note that there were £1 coins called sovereigns and also half sovereign coins.  There were crowns as well, worth a quarter of a pound. They are called five shilling pieces in the list. Other coins represent the normal pre decimal currency – the lower denomination. If you had a pounds worth of farthings you’d have 960 of the little coins. Three penny pieces were 80 to the pound. The jar full came to five pound ten shillings and nine and three quarter pence.

Colin Jones was the winner, just three farthings out from the actual amount and he was awarded ten shillings worth of Savings Stamps.

There are other good local names amongst the winners. What we are not told is how much money went to the War Weapons Fund.

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