In my first historical novel about the American Revolution, The Riddle of Penncroft Farm, there is a bit of confusion over the meaning of farthing when modern Lars meets Geordie, who is dressed up like George Washington (or so Lars thinks) for Halloween.
"Huzzlecap's easy enough," he explained. "You need only pitch a farthing into the tricorne."
Lars, of course, has no idea what this Geordie guy is talking about.
A farthing was actually an old British coin that was worth very little: only 1/4 of a penny. It was used as a monetary unit until 1961.
I was recently able to buy a replica of a 1754 British farthing, minted during the reign of George II.
Here it is!
|Front of 1754 George II Farthing|
|And the flip side...|