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April 1st, 1864 AD (search for this): article 7
Calculating the old and New currency. Richmond, April 1, 1864. To the Editor of the Dispatch: Anticipating a great deal of vexation and difficulty in the calculations of sums due in the old currency by those who are not "good in figures," and having observed a number of persons already (who are not deficient in that respect,) fall into an error which looks very plausible at the first glance, I thought proper to address you and submit to the public a very simple solution of the difficulty, viz: Multiply the sum due by 3 and divided by 2; the result will be the amount due in notes of any denomination above $5, and if change is required to be given of a less sum than $10, multiply the sum due by 2 and divide by 3; the result will be the amount required to be given in change. For example: A owes B $8.75; $8.75 multiplied by 3 and divided by 2 makes $13.12½. A gives B a $20 note in payment; $13.12½ from $20 leaves $6.87½ multiplied by 2 and divided by 3 and $4.58½ is the res