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Flag days and all that

Conclusive proof at last that Aberdonians are historically mindful of the shilling in their pockets.

The city's education and leisure committee heard that its museum's "collection of coins, medals, tokens and paper money is one of our most comprehensive since it covers the period from ancient Greece and Rome to the present day". Under the catch-all of "numismatics", the city admits it has been hoarding old dosh for longer than they have had flag days in Union Street.

No doubt city social workers whose salaries were set to fall by several thousand pounds, would have taken a passing note, preferably a valuable collector's item or two.

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