Skilling (currency)

The skilling (pronounced shilling in English) was the Scandinavian equivalent of the shilling. It was used as a subdivision of the various kinds of currencies named rigsdaler in use throughout Scandinavia, including the Danish rigsdaler, the Norwegian rigsdaler, and the Swedish riksdaler.


From 1625 to 1873, one Danish skilling (pronounced [ˈskelˀeŋ]) was equivalent to 196 of a rigsdaler. The word is still used colloquially for a small but unspecified amount of money ("lille skilling"). King Christian IX abolished the rigsdaler and skilling in favor of the kroner and ører in 1873.


From 1816, the Norwegian skilling (pronounced [ˇʂɪlːɪŋ]) was equivalent to 1120 of a speciedaler, and before that 1120 of a rigsdaler specie, or 196 of a rigsdaler courant. It was introduced in Norway in the early 16th century and was abolished 1875.


During the 19th century, one Swedish skilling (pronounced [ˇɧɪlːɪŋ]) was equivalent to 148 of a riksdaler. It was in use between 1776-1855.

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