What were you worth back in the day?
I asked the old penny that was there on display
And offered her one for whatever she thought.
Britannia was there, just on one side
Looked at me sadly and then she replied,
"Here's just a few of the things that I bought.
A book of matches, a bargain to buy
In November one was enough for the guy.
In amusement arcades I could always be found
If you gambled with me in a bandit's slot.
A pile came out when you got the jackpot
There were two hundred and forty to make up the pound.
You looked after your pennies and the pound was okay.
And under their breath your neighbour would say,
"A pretty penny, well that wasn't cheap."
'Need to spend a penny' and everyone knew
Nature was calling and you needed the loo
Much more polite than ' I need a leak'.
You could buy four Blackjacks for only a penny
And if, by chance, you didn't have any
For a farthing you could buy just the one.
The Blackjack eventually changed its name
As nothing ever stays the same
Decimalisation arrived and we were undone."
So finally the penny was abandoned and died
When on to the scene the new pence arrived.
No longer a coin that you could invest
With the ten bob note and threepenny bit
Half crown and shilling, then that was it
Their destiny a display case, laid out to rest.