All taxes and customs dues must be paid in gold, and, owing to the small quantities issued from the Rumanian mint, foreign gold is current, especially French 20-franc pieces (equal at par to 20 lei), Turkish gold lire (22.70), Old Russian Imperials (20.60) and English sovereigns of (25.22).
My granny Beattie, seemed to carry a perminent packet of mint imperials in her pinny pocket.
They should be planted to a depth of 6in / 15cm in a dryish soil - crown imperials will not thrive in wet soil.
Fifty imperials... that I will drink a whole bottle of rum without taking it from my mouth, sitting outside the window on this spot" (he stooped and pointed to the sloping ledge outside the window) "and without holding on to anything.
If anyone else does the same, I will pay him a hundred imperials.