Decimal coins have existed since 15 February of 1971, when Britain moved away from the old £.s.d coinage to a system of coinage based on decimals. Many other countries had already used decimals in their currency, and Britain had been considering the move since the 1820s. Some even say that Britain’s first attempt at a decimal coin was under Queen Victoria in 1849 when they issued the first Florin, which was exactly 1/10th of a pound or 0.1 pounds (the godless florin).
Browse the subcategories below and find coins for all the denominations of the ‘new’ Decimal system, now over 50 years old.
Although decimalisation only came into effect in 1971, Britain’s first decimal coins were actually produced in 1968 in preparation for the changeover from Pre-Decimal to Decimal. They became known as ‘Blue Wallets’ and contained a half pence, one pence, two pence, five pence and the Ten pence. The 5p and 10p are actually dated 1968! So officially, these were also Britain’s first decimal coin set.
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