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By now you've probably noticed that on television, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW UK experts give appraisal values in "pounds" (£). This is the United Kingdom's national currency, officially known as the Pound Sterling. Like the US Dollar, the pound is now a decimalized currency, made up of 100 pennies, which the British call "pence."

All on-air appraisal values on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW UK are translated into dollars across the bottom of the screen. As of July 2001, when this season of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW UK was being produced for PBS, the approximate pounds-to-dollars conversion rate was 1.5, which means £1.00 equals $1.50. But if you've ever traveled outside the United States, you are well aware that international currency exchange rates can fluctuate on a day-to-day basis.

Below are several online exchange rate calculators. They allow you to see what the exchange rate is right now for pounds to dollars — or for any of your favorite world currencies. Just select the currencies and let the calculator do the math!

XE: http://www.xe.com/ucc/

Oanda: http://www.oanda.com/convert/classic

Yahoo! Finance: http://finance.yahoo.com/currency?u

GoCurrency: http://www.gocurrency.com/

X-rates: http://www.x-rates.com/calculator.html

Also note that as of January 1, 2002, a new currency, called the "Euro," was introduced in participating member countries of the European Union. This transition to a common monetary system has resulted in retirement of those countries' individual national currencies.

At present, the 13 countries participating in the new Euro currency are Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain. As of winter 2002, Denmark, Sweden and the United Kingdom, though members of the E.U., have not chosen to participate in the Euro.

 

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