A Short History Of British Coinage

Here is something for you to watch and digest while I am away. My friend Antony sent me this 10-minute You Tube film that gives an easy to understand history of British currency since the time of Queen Victoria, to the modern day. It covers the change to decimal currency in 1971, and explains very clearly why all our coins are the size, shape, and colour they are.

If you are writing historical fiction, you may well find this to be a valuable resource.

And it also explains why I still use terms like ‘A quid’, ‘Ten bob’, and ‘Three half-crowns’.

And if you ever intend to visit Britain as a tourist, it will help you understand the coins in your pocket.

26 thoughts on “A Short History Of British Coinage

  1. Very interesting! I knew there was a full crown, but never seen one; never heard of the double florin! Also, the security section on the pound coin is new to me. I still have a few of the old coins & notes, but I doubt if they’re worth very much. I can’t praise much that this country has ever done, but decimalisation is definitely one of them: units of 10 is so much easier to mentally reckon than units of 12! As for weights & measures: the saga continues……….. 😉 Cheers, Jon.

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    1. I actually have no coins on me at all, I just checked. Almost everyone uses contactless card payments now, even more so during the pandemic, when traders actually declined cash due to possble infection. Though I still have a £20 note I have had for a few weeks now. 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. I didn’t even know there were so many different coins in your country! I have saved this video, because I do plan on going to England at some point! Thanks for sharing it, it was besides fun, also very informative😊

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