May 25th, 2013

... and the Bookman

Безбожный флорин

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two_shillings_%28British_coin%29
The first florins were struck in 1849 as silver coins weighing 11.3 grams and having a diameter of 28 millimetres. These first coins would have come as rather a shock to the public, as for the first time in nearly 200 years a British coin featured a portrait of the monarch wearing a crown. Even more of a shock, including (allegedly) to Queen Victoria herself, was the omission of D G – Dei Gratia ("by the grace of God") – from the coin's inscription, which resulted in it being popularly known as the godless florin.

А к концу века само слово "флорин" стало встречаться в значении "фальшивая монета". Потому что нечего безбожничать!