It is odd, isn't it? We don't even say two-pee-bit or similar. Maybe we'll have to wait a few hundred years till the decimal system has fully bedded in before we get any slang for itOK - thanks. That matches our post-decimalisation experience. There were various familiar expressions for the old £sd stuff, but nothing of note has emerged for £p. Odd, really.
No, we never called 1c coins pennies. The only things that were called pennies here were the things that actually were pennies, in the pre-decimal system!It is very odd that the 50c piece in Australia is not called a "half dollar". When you had the 1c pieces, did you call them pennies?
I assume nzfauna meant it ironically (coupled with the "for those who don't know"). I would question, however, if you'd call it a 'dominion'. I've never heard that and, historically speaking, NZ was officially a 'dominion' AFTER being a colony but BEFORE achieving full independence. A bit off topic, but hey...As has been noted previouisly, New Zealand is not properly called a "British colony", for it has not been a colony for a century. Like New York or Virginia, it may be called a former British colony, or it may be referred to as a Dominon in the Commonwealth, but it is not today a colony of any kind, whether British or otherwise.
US coins actually have "dime", "quarter dollar" and "half dollar" stamped on them.It is very odd that the 50c piece in Australia is not called a "half dollar". When you had the 1c pieces, did you call them pennies? With US currency, a "dime" is the proper name of a 10c piece