It all depends which coins were in circulation at the time you want your answer to be correct for.

For starters and by way of comparison for an American dollar using pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters there are 242 ways. Add in the half-dollar and you get to 292. Add another one if you want to include the dollar coin.

For decimal sterling using 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p there are 4562 ways to make a pound. Again, add one if you want to include the pound coin itself.

With old imperial coins because a pound is 480 times a halfpenny the combinations really start to add up.

Just before decimalisation the denominations in circulation were halfpenny, penny, thrupenny bit, sixpence, shilling and florin. This gives 2,023,428 possibilities.

Go back to when the farthing was still around and the numbers become truly impressive rising to 156,844,190 permutations.

If you add in the half-crown and crown you get to 362,091,949

Consider also the half sovereign and sovereign and you can add another 5,858,634 further ways.

Of course you might also choose to include other coins like the double florin, groat and half-farthing. If you did all these the result would be many billions.

Crazy isn't it?

NB I can't guarantee I haven't made some logical or arithmetical error in these calculations so best not to treat them as gospel.

Maddog

For starters and by way of comparison for an American dollar using pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters there are 242 ways. Add in the half-dollar and you get to 292. Add another one if you want to include the dollar coin.

For decimal sterling using 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p there are 4562 ways to make a pound. Again, add one if you want to include the pound coin itself.

With old imperial coins because a pound is 480 times a halfpenny the combinations really start to add up.

Just before decimalisation the denominations in circulation were halfpenny, penny, thrupenny bit, sixpence, shilling and florin. This gives 2,023,428 possibilities.

Go back to when the farthing was still around and the numbers become truly impressive rising to 156,844,190 permutations.

If you add in the half-crown and crown you get to 362,091,949

Consider also the half sovereign and sovereign and you can add another 5,858,634 further ways.

Of course you might also choose to include other coins like the double florin, groat and half-farthing. If you did all these the result would be many billions.

Crazy isn't it?

NB I can't guarantee I haven't made some logical or arithmetical error in these calculations so best not to treat them as gospel.

Maddog