History UsefulNotes / OldBritishMoney

21st May '17 11:07:23 AM nombretomado
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A rather odd, half-hearted attempt at decimalisation was introduced in [[VictorianBritain Victorian]] times when a large number of florins (two-bob bits) were minted, officially as tenths of a pound. The design was hugely controversial, as, on the front, the queen's portrait was accompanied by the words ''Victoria Regina'' ('[[UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria Queen Victoria]]') rather than the conventional ''Victoria Dei Gratia Regina'' ('Victoria, Queen by the Grace of God'). The "Godless Florins" were denounced by clergymen in much the same way that US dollars without 'In God We Trust' would be today, even though that motto is NewerThanTheyThink. Modern coins carry the inscription ''Elizabeth II Dei Gratia Regina Fidei Defensor'' (usually abbreviated to ELIZABETH II D G REG F D on most coins, thought the £2 has more space, so there it's ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REG FID DEF), meaning '[[HMTheQueen Elizabeth II]], by the grace of God, Queen and Defender of the Faith'.

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A rather odd, half-hearted attempt at decimalisation was introduced in [[VictorianBritain [[UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain Victorian]] times when a large number of florins (two-bob bits) were minted, officially as tenths of a pound. The design was hugely controversial, as, on the front, the queen's portrait was accompanied by the words ''Victoria Regina'' ('[[UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria Queen Victoria]]') rather than the conventional ''Victoria Dei Gratia Regina'' ('Victoria, Queen by the Grace of God'). The "Godless Florins" were denounced by clergymen in much the same way that US dollars without 'In God We Trust' would be today, even though that motto is NewerThanTheyThink. Modern coins carry the inscription ''Elizabeth II Dei Gratia Regina Fidei Defensor'' (usually abbreviated to ELIZABETH II D G REG F D on most coins, thought the £2 has more space, so there it's ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REG FID DEF), meaning '[[HMTheQueen Elizabeth II]], by the grace of God, Queen and Defender of the Faith'.
20th May '17 5:47:43 PM nombretomado
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* Ha'penny/Halfpenny – yes, half a penny. Pronounced "haypnee" even when written in full.[[note]](The full version is the surname of a former ''Series/EastEnders''/''WaterlooRoad'' star, and of a current Welsh international rugby player.)[[/note]] The pre-decimal ha'penny was one inch in diameter. Still existed after 1971's decimalisation, but was discontinued in 1984.

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* Ha'penny/Halfpenny – yes, half a penny. Pronounced "haypnee" even when written in full.[[note]](The full version is the surname of a former ''Series/EastEnders''/''WaterlooRoad'' ''Series/EastEnders''/''Series/WaterlooRoad'' star, and of a current Welsh international rugby player.)[[/note]] The pre-decimal ha'penny was one inch in diameter. Still existed after 1971's decimalisation, but was discontinued in 1984.
29th Mar '17 7:09:11 AM Bisected8
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** £1 – Round, golden coloured and slightly fatter than other coins. Has milled indentations and the Latin phrase DECUS ET TUTAMEN ('An ornament and a safeguard') around the edge. The phrase refers to this 'milling', those little grooves on the edges of coins. Milling coins was introduced by then-Royal Mint director Sir UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton as both a decoration and as a defence against the then-common practice of 'clipping'[[note]](carefully shaving off bits of precious metal from the edges of coins, keeping the shavings, and passing off the clipped coin as full value. Milling a coin makes it easy to spot if it has been clipped. Clipping was not only bad because it was dishonest, but because it debased the currency, which eventually led to unwanted inflation)[[/note]]. Welsh-design coins use a different phrase, the Welsh PLEIDIOL WYF I'M GWLAD ('True am I to my country'); Scottish-design coins the Latin NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT ('No-one provokes me with impunity')[[note]](the motto of the [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever Order of the Thistle]], as well as three extant and several defunct Scottish regiments, as well as Canadian and South African regiments of Scottish descent. The use of the motto caused some fuss as some Scots were angry it [[SeriousBusiness used Latin rather that the Gaelic "Cha togar m' fhearg gun dìoladh"]]. That’s right; not only does Scottish coinage carry a BadassBoast, but some people were sufficiently badass to [[ViolentGlaswegian scrap over what language it carried this boast in]])[[/note]]. The reverse design varies from year to year, with some designs being reused. Commonly-used designs are the coats of arms of the UK nations and their national plants. In 2017, the pound coin is to be replaced by a dodecagonal design "inspired" by the pre-decimal thrupenny bit, to be bimetallic like the £2 coin with a "silver" centre and "gold" ring. It is claimed that this will be more difficult to forge, with as many as 3% of pound coins in circulation allegedly being forgeries.

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** £1 – As of March 2017, the pound coin has been replaced by a dodecagonal design "inspired" by the pre-decimal thrupenny bit, to be bimetallic like the £2 coin with a "silver" centre and "gold" ring. It is claimed that this will be more difficult to forge, with as many as 3% of old style pound coins in circulation allegedly being forgeries.
** Old £1 -
Round, golden coloured and slightly fatter than other coins. Has milled indentations and the Latin phrase DECUS ET TUTAMEN ('An ornament and a safeguard') around the edge. The phrase refers to this 'milling', those little grooves on the edges of coins. Milling coins was introduced by then-Royal Mint director Sir UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton as both a decoration and as a defence against the then-common practice of 'clipping'[[note]](carefully shaving off bits of precious metal from the edges of coins, keeping the shavings, and passing off the clipped coin as full value. Milling a coin makes it easy to spot if it has been clipped. Clipping was not only bad because it was dishonest, but because it debased the currency, which eventually led to unwanted inflation)[[/note]]. Welsh-design coins use a different phrase, the Welsh PLEIDIOL WYF I'M GWLAD ('True am I to my country'); Scottish-design coins the Latin NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT ('No-one provokes me with impunity')[[note]](the motto of the [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever Order of the Thistle]], as well as three extant and several defunct Scottish regiments, as well as Canadian and South African regiments of Scottish descent. The use of the motto caused some fuss as some Scots were angry it [[SeriousBusiness used Latin rather that the Gaelic "Cha togar m' fhearg gun dìoladh"]]. That’s right; not only does Scottish coinage carry a BadassBoast, but some people were sufficiently badass to [[ViolentGlaswegian scrap over what language it carried this boast in]])[[/note]]. The reverse design varies from year to year, with some designs being reused. Commonly-used designs are the coats of arms of the UK nations and their national plants. In 2017, the pound coin is to be replaced by a dodecagonal design "inspired" by the pre-decimal thrupenny bit, to be bimetallic like the £2 coin with a "silver" centre and "gold" ring. It is claimed that this They will be more difficult to forge, with as many as 3% of pound coins phases out in circulation allegedly being forgeries.October 2017.
28th Mar '17 6:44:33 PM nombretomado
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* "Pony" – £25 (As in [[OnlyFoolsAndHorses "stick a pony in your pocket"]])

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* "Pony" – £25 (As in [[OnlyFoolsAndHorses [[Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses "stick a pony in your pocket"]])
7th Jan '17 3:01:39 PM DaibhidC
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** Also sometimes called a dollar, see above.



* Mark – 13/4 (thirteen shillings and four pence, or 160d; two thirds of a pound. Only ever used as a unit of account in some areas, and quite archaic even before decimalisation; it shared a root with and was similar in value to the German currency of the same name).

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* Half sovereign - 10/- (ten shillings, or 120d; one half of a pound). Replaced in TheTwenties by the ten-bob note.
* Mark – 13/4 (thirteen shillings and four pence, or 160d; two thirds of a pound. pound). Only ever used as a unit of account in some areas, and quite archaic even before decimalisation; it shared a root with and was similar in value to the German currency of the same name).name.
6th Nov '16 1:26:32 PM nombretomado
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** £1 – Round, golden coloured and slightly fatter than other coins. Has milled indentations and the Latin phrase DECUS ET TUTAMEN ('An ornament and a safeguard') around the edge. The phrase refers to this 'milling', those little grooves on the edges of coins. Milling coins was introduced by then-Royal Mint director Sir IsaacNewton as both a decoration and as a defence against the then-common practice of 'clipping'[[note]](carefully shaving off bits of precious metal from the edges of coins, keeping the shavings, and passing off the clipped coin as full value. Milling a coin makes it easy to spot if it has been clipped. Clipping was not only bad because it was dishonest, but because it debased the currency, which eventually led to unwanted inflation)[[/note]]. Welsh-design coins use a different phrase, the Welsh PLEIDIOL WYF I'M GWLAD ('True am I to my country'); Scottish-design coins the Latin NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT ('No-one provokes me with impunity')[[note]](the motto of the [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever Order of the Thistle]], as well as three extant and several defunct Scottish regiments, as well as Canadian and South African regiments of Scottish descent. The use of the motto caused some fuss as some Scots were angry it [[SeriousBusiness used Latin rather that the Gaelic "Cha togar m' fhearg gun dìoladh"]]. That’s right; not only does Scottish coinage carry a BadassBoast, but some people were sufficiently badass to [[ViolentGlaswegian scrap over what language it carried this boast in]])[[/note]]. The reverse design varies from year to year, with some designs being reused. Commonly-used designs are the coats of arms of the UK nations and their national plants. In 2017, the pound coin is to be replaced by a dodecagonal design "inspired" by the pre-decimal thrupenny bit, to be bimetallic like the £2 coin with a "silver" centre and "gold" ring. It is claimed that this will be more difficult to forge, with as many as 3% of pound coins in circulation allegedly being forgeries.

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** £1 – Round, golden coloured and slightly fatter than other coins. Has milled indentations and the Latin phrase DECUS ET TUTAMEN ('An ornament and a safeguard') around the edge. The phrase refers to this 'milling', those little grooves on the edges of coins. Milling coins was introduced by then-Royal Mint director Sir IsaacNewton UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton as both a decoration and as a defence against the then-common practice of 'clipping'[[note]](carefully shaving off bits of precious metal from the edges of coins, keeping the shavings, and passing off the clipped coin as full value. Milling a coin makes it easy to spot if it has been clipped. Clipping was not only bad because it was dishonest, but because it debased the currency, which eventually led to unwanted inflation)[[/note]]. Welsh-design coins use a different phrase, the Welsh PLEIDIOL WYF I'M GWLAD ('True am I to my country'); Scottish-design coins the Latin NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT ('No-one provokes me with impunity')[[note]](the motto of the [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever Order of the Thistle]], as well as three extant and several defunct Scottish regiments, as well as Canadian and South African regiments of Scottish descent. The use of the motto caused some fuss as some Scots were angry it [[SeriousBusiness used Latin rather that the Gaelic "Cha togar m' fhearg gun dìoladh"]]. That’s right; not only does Scottish coinage carry a BadassBoast, but some people were sufficiently badass to [[ViolentGlaswegian scrap over what language it carried this boast in]])[[/note]]. The reverse design varies from year to year, with some designs being reused. Commonly-used designs are the coats of arms of the UK nations and their national plants. In 2017, the pound coin is to be replaced by a dodecagonal design "inspired" by the pre-decimal thrupenny bit, to be bimetallic like the £2 coin with a "silver" centre and "gold" ring. It is claimed that this will be more difficult to forge, with as many as 3% of pound coins in circulation allegedly being forgeries.
17th Sep '16 4:43:15 PM Bisected8
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** £5 – Blue or green ink (depending on when they were printed and who you ask). Portrait: UsefulNotes/TheDukeOfWellington (1971-1991); George Stephenson, pioneering railway engineer (1990-2003); Elizabeth Fry, campaigner responsible for reforming the prison system (2002- ); UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill (projected from 2016). The latter, featuring Churchill, will be the first British bank note to be produced in plastic.

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** £5 – Blue or green ink (depending on when they were printed and who you ask). Portrait: UsefulNotes/TheDukeOfWellington (1971-1991); George Stephenson, pioneering railway engineer (1990-2003); Elizabeth Fry, campaigner responsible for reforming the prison system (2002- ); (2002-2016); UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill (projected from 2016). The latter, featuring Churchill, will be (2016-, also the first British fiver and bank note overall to be produced printed in plastic.polymer rather than paper).
16th Sep '16 11:09:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* Other older still denominations existed before the seventeenth century, of which the most impressive is the Triple Unite – £3 (three pounds, or sixty shillings), an exceedingly rare coin, nearly an ounce in weight, produced only in 1642-4 during the EnglishCivilWar.

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* Other older still denominations existed before the seventeenth century, of which the most impressive is the Triple Unite – £3 (three pounds, or sixty shillings), an exceedingly rare coin, nearly an ounce in weight, produced only in 1642-4 during the EnglishCivilWar.
UsefulNotes/EnglishCivilWar.
14th May '16 4:17:28 PM nombretomado
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** £1 – Round, golden coloured and slightly fatter than other coins. Has milled indentations and the Latin phrase DECUS ET TUTAMEN ('An ornament and a safeguard') around the edge. The phrase refers to this 'milling', those little grooves on the edges of coins. Milling coins was introduced by then-Royal Mint director Sir IsaacNewton as both a decoration and as a defence against the then-common practice of 'clipping'[[note]](carefully shaving off bits of precious metal from the edges of coins, keeping the shavings, and passing off the clipped coin as full value. Milling a coin makes it easy to spot if it has been clipped. Clipping was not only bad because it was dishonest, but because it debased the currency, which eventually led to unwanted inflation)[[/note]]. Welsh-design coins use a different phrase, the Welsh PLEIDIOL WYF I'M GWLAD ('True am I to my country'); Scottish-design coins the Latin NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT ('No-one provokes me with impunity')[[note]](the motto of the [[KnightFever Order of the Thistle]], as well as three extant and several defunct Scottish regiments, as well as Canadian and South African regiments of Scottish descent. The use of the motto caused some fuss as some Scots were angry it [[SeriousBusiness used Latin rather that the Gaelic "Cha togar m' fhearg gun dìoladh"]]. That’s right; not only does Scottish coinage carry a BadassBoast, but some people were sufficiently badass to [[ViolentGlaswegian scrap over what language it carried this boast in]])[[/note]]. The reverse design varies from year to year, with some designs being reused. Commonly-used designs are the coats of arms of the UK nations and their national plants. In 2017, the pound coin is to be replaced by a dodecagonal design "inspired" by the pre-decimal thrupenny bit, to be bimetallic like the £2 coin with a "silver" centre and "gold" ring. It is claimed that this will be more difficult to forge, with as many as 3% of pound coins in circulation allegedly being forgeries.

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** £1 – Round, golden coloured and slightly fatter than other coins. Has milled indentations and the Latin phrase DECUS ET TUTAMEN ('An ornament and a safeguard') around the edge. The phrase refers to this 'milling', those little grooves on the edges of coins. Milling coins was introduced by then-Royal Mint director Sir IsaacNewton as both a decoration and as a defence against the then-common practice of 'clipping'[[note]](carefully shaving off bits of precious metal from the edges of coins, keeping the shavings, and passing off the clipped coin as full value. Milling a coin makes it easy to spot if it has been clipped. Clipping was not only bad because it was dishonest, but because it debased the currency, which eventually led to unwanted inflation)[[/note]]. Welsh-design coins use a different phrase, the Welsh PLEIDIOL WYF I'M GWLAD ('True am I to my country'); Scottish-design coins the Latin NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT ('No-one provokes me with impunity')[[note]](the motto of the [[KnightFever [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever Order of the Thistle]], as well as three extant and several defunct Scottish regiments, as well as Canadian and South African regiments of Scottish descent. The use of the motto caused some fuss as some Scots were angry it [[SeriousBusiness used Latin rather that the Gaelic "Cha togar m' fhearg gun dìoladh"]]. That’s right; not only does Scottish coinage carry a BadassBoast, but some people were sufficiently badass to [[ViolentGlaswegian scrap over what language it carried this boast in]])[[/note]]. The reverse design varies from year to year, with some designs being reused. Commonly-used designs are the coats of arms of the UK nations and their national plants. In 2017, the pound coin is to be replaced by a dodecagonal design "inspired" by the pre-decimal thrupenny bit, to be bimetallic like the £2 coin with a "silver" centre and "gold" ring. It is claimed that this will be more difficult to forge, with as many as 3% of pound coins in circulation allegedly being forgeries.
22nd Apr '16 8:48:56 AM LondonKdS
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** £20 – Purple ink with a portrait of: Creator/WilliamShakespeare (1970-1993); Michael Faraday, scientist (1991-2001); Music/EdwardElgar (1999-2010); Adam Smith, father of modern economics and [[AdamSmithHatesYourGuts hater of gamers' guts]] (2007- ). This tends to be the largest denomination anyone will bother with. It is also the largest you'll normally get from an ATM. Following from £5 and £10 notes, they will be plastic from 2020 onwards.

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** £20 – Purple ink with a portrait of: Creator/WilliamShakespeare (1970-1993); Michael Faraday, scientist (1991-2001); Music/EdwardElgar (1999-2010); Adam Smith, father of modern economics and [[AdamSmithHatesYourGuts hater of gamers' guts]] (2007- ).); JMW Turner, painter (projected from 2020). This tends to be the largest denomination anyone will bother with. It is also the largest you'll normally get from an ATM. Following from £5 and £10 notes, they will be plastic from 2020 onwards.
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