Thursday, August 12, 2010

Three Half Pence Australian Stamp -How much is it really?

The stamp above has a strange way of listing its face value. In numerals, it is easy to read one and a half pence. But in words, it is something that I never came across before. It reads "Three Half Pence". Well initially it takes you by surprise and make you wonder whether it is mistake or something else. 

It happened with me too. But it took me a long time of pondering to understand the "wisdom" behind the words. Three half pence (half pence + half pence + half pence) are in fact equal to one and a half pence. Wouldn't you agree? 

Some smart guy at the Australian Postal Authority played a deliberate trick to play a Crystal Maze with us. 


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