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I'm reading an old scientific paper from the 1980s, and I'm curious about one of the abbreviations it uses in a fairly admin part of the paper:

Single issue price Dfl. 77.00, postage included.

(This is the paper, in case it's relevant.)

I asked the internet what the "Dfl." means but none of the answers really apply. I imagine the answer probably speaks to some bygone method of distribution of literature, which makes me more curious. Can someone clarify this?

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    Dutch guilder. (Dutch florin.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_guilder – We oath to creation Sep 8 '16 at 15:38
  • Yeah, that makes sense (Elsevier is a Dutch publisher). It's curious that the international code for that currency is/was NLG, but then again that ISO standard date from around 1978 and it would have taken some time to propagate. – E.P. Sep 8 '16 at 16:01
  • further support for ƒ is "B.V." and "North-Holland" – Ðаn Sep 8 '16 at 16:02
  • @E.P. ISO standards are still not always used. Letter-like symbols (like the f then, and the British pound thing) remain popular nowadays. Think of the $ or US$ (USD), and the euro sign (which I never know how to produce) (EUR). Anyways, f (italics, with serif if possible, or better yet the florin sign) and fl. and fl. (italics) were widely used at the time in the Netherlands (think of prices at the butcher or the bakery). Dfl. (which I also recognise) was probably only used for mostly foreign markets or other international contexts. – We oath to creation Sep 8 '16 at 16:10
  • @Keepthesemind If you're a Dutch native speaker and you can confirm that the abbreviation was in use at the time (which Wikipedia doesn't do) then that's definitely an Anwer ;-). – E.P. Sep 8 '16 at 17:24

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