What would a shilling in Charles Dickens' time convert into in modern currency?
In "A Christmas Carol" it says Bob Cratchit was paid 15 shillings a week. I assume that would be a paltry wage then or now.
- Anonymous9 years agoFavorite Answer
Here is the perfect answer you are seeking;
Using the National Currency Conversion website listed here:
I converted ONE POUND from the year 1840 to a value of ONE POUND today. 44 pounds.
So, Bob Cratchit only earned 3/4 pound per week, or 33 pounds per week in today's currency.
The same website listed this 33 pounds as a normal THREE DAYS WAGES for somebody in the building trade.
Since you are from the United States, that is $ 51.30 dollars a week.
- 9 years ago
Well, there were 20 shillings to the pound, so 15 shillings was 3/4 of a pound.
Back then, the pound was worth about $4.70, so it was about $3.50/wk. I don't know exactly how that compared to average wages back then, but Bob certainly wasn't getting rich working for Scrooge.
- 5 years ago
15 shillings was the average wage for an in town Labourer in London in 1840 per Parliament Notes so Scrooge was paying the average amount. Once again his plight was exaggerated by the left wing author.
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- Anonymous9 years ago
12 pence equals one shilling
12 days of christmas connected/?
20 shillings equals one pound
o ne hundred pounds per year for a high book keeper today 18 -20 thousand dollars
somewhere around five- Hundred dollars up to six hundred dollars in american money per week
would have been his take home staple .... on the higher end of estimations
off the top of my head
have to compare good and services of then and now
- Anonymous3 years ago
maybe that is right