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Framed Coins of the 20th Century (Pre-Decimal)

Framed Coins of the 20th Century (Pre-Decimal)

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We have a unique and intimate relationship with the coins and notes of our currency and there is often sadness when they are withdrawn from circulation – to be replaced by something else in our wallets, purses and pockets. Those around in the early Seventies will remember the demise of the predecimal coins and notes, in favour of the new decimal money, which is still with us today (albeit in an altered form). These genuine coins, Halfpenny, Sixpence, Shilling, Threepence, Penny, Farthing, are presented with an informative backing card, rather beautifully, in a classic wood frame. It’s a wonderful way of remembering, reflecting on, and perhaps even celebrating, a little piece of British heritage.

Dimensions: 16.0 x 18.4cm

#Money

The coins and notes we used to hold in our hands, keep in our pockets, purses, wallets and moneyboxes, justifiably have a special place in our hearts. In a world where plastic money and electronic payment were in their infancy, ‘hard cash’ was king.

#Decimalisation

For those not familiar with decimalisation, it was a radical overhaul of the monetary system which happened on “Decimal Day” - 15 February 1971. Almost overnight the UK moved from 240 pence in the pound to 100 pence in the pound. Previously there were twelve pence in a shilling and twenty shillings in a pound and values were expressed in pounds, shillings and pence (£/s/d – the latter two are from Latin: solidus and denarius). After decimalisation only pounds and pence remained (£p – p being penny).

#Sixpence

The sixpence coin (6d) was worth six ‘old’ pence and was usually called a tanner or sixpenny bit. First issued under Edward VI, it was circulated until 1980, but following decimalisation in 1971 its value changed to 2.5p (‘new’ pence). It was a silver coin until 1947 when it became cupronickel.

#Threepence

The threepence coin (3d) was worth three ‘old’ pence but was usually called a threepence or threepenny bit. Three pence was pronounced quite differently in different regional accents – so was often heard as THROOP-nee, THREPP-nee or THRUPP-nee bit. First issued under Edward VI, it was withdrawn in 1971 as part of decimalisation. It was produced as a silver coin until 1946 but a nickel-brass version replaced it gradually from 1937.

#Halfpenny

The halfpenny coin (½d) was worth one half of one ‘old’ penny and was usually spoken as HAY-penny, and written ha’penny. It was produced as a bronze coin and featured Britannia on the reverse until 1936 and the Golden Hind from 1937 onwards. First issued under Victoria, it was withdrawn in 1969, ahead of decimalisation.

#Penny

The penny coin (1d) derived from the Old English pennige. It was produced as a bronze coin from Victoria onwards; it was withdrawn in 1971 as part of decimalisation.

#Farthing

The farthing coin (¼d) was worth one quarter of one ‘old’ penny (it’s a derivation of ‘fourthing’). It was produced as a bronze coin and featured Britannia on the reverse until 1936 and a wren from 1937 onwards. First issued under Victoria, it was withdrawn in 1960.

#Shilling

The shilling coin (1/-) was worth twelve ‘old’ pence but was usually called a ‘bob’ when in multiples (e.g. ten bob note). First issued (as the ‘testoon’ under HenryVII, it was circulated until 1990, but following decimalisation in 1971 its value changed to 5p (‘new’ pence). It was a silver coin until 1947 when it became cupronickel.


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