Decimal currency

Television advertisement promoting the introduction of Australia's new currency system on 14 February 1966

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Title: Decimal currency
Subtitle: Television advertisement promoting the introduction of Australia's new currency system on 14 February 1966
Date: 1965
Keywords: money, finances, dollars, cents, cell animation, animated cartoons, advertisements, decimal system, decimal currency
Record creator: Film Division (also known as Commonwealth Film Unit) – Australian News and Information Bureau
Reference: C2927, 1142967

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Girl: Gran, what did I say?

Grandmother: Ah, you said: 'We’ll start using dollars and cents all over Australia on February 14th 1966. One dollar equals exactly ten shillings. Two dollars equal exactly one pound'.

Girl: What else? Get with it!

[MUSIC BEGINS]

Grandmother: I know! For about two years after February 14th 1966 we use both kinds of money: dollars and cents, pounds, shillings and pence. All shopping can be done with both kinds of money. So dollars and cents are as good as pounds, shillings and pence. During the two years after February 14 pounds, shillings and pence gradually will go out of circulation, then we’ll use dollars and cents. Two kinds of money for about two years – dollars and cents, pounds, shillings and pence – one as good as the other. The old money gradually making way for the new.

[MUSIC ENDS]

Girl: Right!

Grandmother: See, even a little old lady like me can get with it.

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