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How would you accurately use older British currencies when writing a story?

For writing a story set in Napoleonic Wars era, how should one use the currencies accurately? I read in novels they use currencies like shilling, pound, guinea, sovereign, four (or six-, etc) pence, ...
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How did New York become the financial hub of America?

Why did New York become the financial hub of America, rather than one of the other big cities?