Where it all started to go wrong
When I was a little boy I had a strong ambition to own a couple of things - a real penknife and a Ten Bob note - and then the Bastards took it away !
ON THIS DAY | 14 | 1969: New 50-pence coin sparks confusion
The seven-sided 50p coin has come into circulation to replace the 10-shilling note - but it has received a mixed reception. ...members of the public are complaining that in spite of its distinctive shape it is too easily confused with the 10-pence coin or half crown. ... many people were unhappy with the new addition to their purses and pockets.
It took me a long time but I eventually got one, and still have it along with a "proper" penknife.