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What an interesting question. I did some searching and found a currency converter that does historical conversions. That site, measuringworth.org, calculates the worth of currency from the past in comparison to that same currency today.
According to them, the US dollar was worth 0.2057 British pounds--not even a whole pound!!
Today, the US dollar is worth about .70 British pounds.
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