British Copper-Nickel Coins 1947-1970

Until it was superseded in 1971 by a decimal pound of 100 pence, the traditional pound sterling was valued at 240 pence.  This awkward figure resulted in numerous and peculiar divisions such as 12 pence to the shilling and 20 shillings to the pound. There had existed some justification for this system when the pound’s fractions […]
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British Silver Coins 1662-1946

Until it was superseded in 1971 by a decimal pound of 100 pence, the traditional pound sterling was valued at 240 pence.  This awkward figure resulted in numerous and peculiar divisions arrived at over many generations.  The basic silver coin of England was the 12-pence piece or shilling, of which 20 were equal to a pound.  Other fractional […]
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British Gold Coins 1663-1925

Britain’s conversion to a decimal coinage in 1971 had no impact on its minting of gold, as this metal had long since ceased to be a circulating medium. A relatively recent development, the absence of glorious gold in the channels of commerce dated only from World War I (1914-18). Until that time, this most mighty […]
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