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The pound, a unit of currency, originated in England as the value of a pound mass of silver.[1] Historically, £1 worth of silver coins were a troy pound in mass; as of October 2009 this amount of silver is worth approximately £130.

Today, the term may refer to a number of current (primarily British and related) currencies, and a variety of now-obsolete currencies.


Current currencies

Countries where the official currency is called "pound"
  • Other currencies called pound:

Historical currencies


Currencies of the former British colonies in America (replaced by the US dollar)

See also


  1. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary
  2. ^ Foreign and Commonwealth Office country profiles: South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  3. ^ Foreign and Commonwealth Office country profiles: British Antarctic Territory
  4. ^ Foreign and Commonwealth Office country profiles: British Indian Ocean Territory

Simple English

The pound is the currency used by Egypt, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey, and the United Kingdom where it is called Pound sterling.


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