Give john the points, he hit the nail on the head.Why are nails called 6 penny and 8 penny, etc. ?
The term penny originated in England many years ago. Ten penny, four penny, etc., nails got their names from the fact that one hundred nails of that size cost ten pence, four pence, etc. Today penny represents the definite length of a nail measured from the head to the tip of the point. The term penny is still shown by using the English Pence sign d.