Sound Of The Penny Dropping

| London, England, UK | Extra Stupid, History, Money

(We get a lot of people call us up when they find old banknotes and coins. Mostly, they’re worthless.)

Customer: “I’ve found a really old £1 note, and I want to know if it’s worth anything?”

Colleague: “Is there a signature on the front?”

Customer: “It’s ‘DHF Somerset.'”

Colleague: “Ah, well, that note was produced in the early 1980s. It’s not worth anything.”

Customer: “No, it’s much earlier than that! It has the dates ‘1642 to 1727’ on the back, and a picture of Isaac Newton. That’s very old!”

Colleague: “Those are the dates he was alive. Besides, if it was produced back then, they couldn’t have put a picture of the current Queen on the front. Could they?”

Customer: “Oh…”