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  • In come the dollars.

  • In come the cents.

  • To replace the pounds and the shillings and the pence.

  • Be prepared folks when the coins begin to mix

  • on the 14th of February 1966.

  • Who are you?

  • I'm dollar bill and I've come to tell everyone

  • that decimal currency will be here from the 14th of February 1966.

  • What is decimal currency?

  • Decimal currency is simply a money system worked out in multiples of 10.

  • The base unit is a dollar which is made up of 100 cents.

  • But why we changing?

  • What's wrong with the old pounds, shillings and pence?

  • I'll show you.

  • Let's do a sum in pounds, shillings and pence.

  • First, 2 ha'pennies make a penny.

  • Carry the penny

  • 5 and 7 and 1 make 13 pence.

  • 12 pence make a shilling,

  • that leaves one penny.

  • Carry the 12. That's one shilling.

  • 3 and 7 and 1 are 11.

  • Carry 1.

  • 3 ones are 3.

  • That's 31 shillings.

  • 20 shillings make 1 pound.

  • 20 from 31 leaves 11.

  • Carry the 20.

  • I mean, 1 pound.

  • 7 and 5 are 12, and 1 is 13

  • Carry the 1.

  • 3 ones are 3.

  • 33 pounds, 11 shillings and 1penny.

  • Whew!

  • Now let's do the same sum in dollars and cents.

  • 5 and 6 are 11. Carry 1.

  • 3 and 7 and 1 are 11.

  • Carry 1 over the decimal point.

  • No need to convert the cent into dollars.

  • 5 and 1 are 6, and 1 is 7.

  • 2 threes are 6.

  • 67 dollars, 11 cents.

  • Now wasn't that much easier?

  • 95% of the world's population

  • live in countries using decimal currency.

  • Australia's one of the last countries

  • to change to decimal currency.

  • New Zealand will change in 1967.

  • Mistakes are easily made

  • in pounds, shillings and pence.

  • Bosses get angry

  • and time and money are wasted.

  • Housewives will find decimal currency simpler.

  • Typists and clerks will find it easier.

  • Time and money will be saved

  • and bosses will be happier.

  • How much will these new coins be worth

  • in pounds, shillings and pence?

  • Blow me a note and I'll show you.

  • 10 shillings equals 1 dollar.

  • 5 shillings equals 50 cents.

  • 2 shillings equals 20 cents

  • 1 shillings equals 10 cents

  • and 6 pence equals 5 cents.

  • What will these new coins look like?

  • This is the 5 cent coin with the spiny anteater.

  • It's the same size as the 6 pence.

  • And the same value too.

  • And this is the 10 cent coin with Lyrebird.

  • It's the same size and value as the shilling piece.

  • This is the 20 cent coin

  • showing the platypus. It's the same size and value as......

  • The two shilling piece?

  • Yes!

  • And this is the largest coin, the 50 cent

  • with the kangaroo, emu and crest. It's worth 5 shillings.

  • In come the dollars and in come the cents,

  • to replace the pounds and the shillings and pence,

  • be prepared folks when the coins begin to mix,

  • on the 14th of February 1966.

  • Clink go the cents folks, clink, clink, clink,

  • changeover day is closer than you think.

  • Learn the value of the coins and the way that they appear,

  • and things will be much smoother when the decimal point is here.

  • In come the dollars and in come the cents,

  • to replace the pounds and the shillings and the pence,

  • be prepared folks when the coins begin to mix,

  • on the 14th of February 1966.

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