The first US edition of Uncle included this handy explanation of British coins. It features such useful information as "a farthing is so small that it's only used nowadays by the dwarfs." We weren't able to insert it into our edition of Uncle, but I thought I'd share it anyway. If you don't know J.P. Martin's stories about a very rich elephant named Uncle, this will give you a small taste. And, if the illustrations look familiar, it's because they're by Quentin Blake, who illustrated most of Roald Dahl's books. Here he's integrated what looks like direct rubbings of the coins into his pen-and-ink art.
You might notice a few out-of-date features to this page. First, this complicated system of dividing up the pound was abandoned in 1971. Secondly, a pound is no longer worth about three dollars. And someone should tell Uncle's bookkeeper, Old Monkey, that one million pounds is sadly no longer the equivalent of "roughly three million dollars" either.
Here's the whole spread. Click for a larger image of it.