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The shilling was a unit of currency used in the United Kingdom up to the mid 20th century.

There were twelve pennies in a shilling and twenty shillings in a pound, meaning that there were 240 pennies in a pound. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks)

In 1953, John Ellis charged his son Alan Ellis' friends a shilling each to watch the FA Cup final between Blackpool FC and Bolton Wanderers on his new television. (TV: Out of Time)

Susan Foreman, being a time traveller, had visited Britain's future prior to her arrival in 1963. Confused, she could not remember how many shillings were in a pound when she and the First Doctor settled down London in that time. She thought that they had already decimalised the currency, to the amusement of the other students at Coal Hill School. (TV: An Unearthly Child)

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Interestingly, with An Unearthly Child set and broadcast in 1963, Susan accurately predicts that England would switch to decimal currency, which in the real world was announced in 1966 and occurred in 1971.

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