Cockney Money Slang
Evidence of a much wider variety of Cockney slang for money is reaching us. For example David Campbell writes:
“In the 50’s, we had a lodger who came from the East End, and was very well versed in things cockney. I asked him about money, amongst other things, and remember a marigold being a 3d, a Joey being 4d, a deener, a sprat,(I think 6d),a bob, 1 shilling. I think a half-crown was a tosheroon.”
And Lee explains the derivation of “Monkey” meaning £500 “a monkey was on the old 500 rupee note back in the raj”.
And Guy Westbrook writes: “Legem Pone – payment of money, cash down,” 1573, from first two words of the fifth division (HE) of Psalm 119, which begins the psalms at Matins on the 25th of the month; consequently associated with March 25, a quarter day in the old financial calendar, when payments and debts came due.
(Legem pone mihi Domine viam iustificationum tuarum: et exquiram eam semper.)