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The Farthing

Farthing 20mm Diameter Mouse over to see obverse

The farthing 1/4d had a value of approximately 1/10th of a new penny there being 960 to 1. The last farthing was minted in 1956, and the coin was finally withdrawn in 1960.

The Half Penny

Half Penny 28mm diameter

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The half penny 1/2d, pronounced 'hayp-knee', had a value of approximately 1/5th of a new penny, 480 making 1 The last regular issue was in 1967, and the coin was finally withdrawn in 1969.

The Penny

Penny 34mm diameter

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The penny had a value of approximately 2/5th of a new penny, 240 making 1. The last regular issue was dated 1967, and the coin was finally withdrawn in 1971 with the introduction of decimalisation.

The Three Pence

Three Pence 21mm across between the flat edges.

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The 12 sided three penny bit 3d had a value of 11/4 new pence. The last regular issue was minted in 1967, and the coin was finally withdrawn in 1971 with the introduction of decimalisation.

The Six Pence

Sixpence 19mm diameter

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The Sixpence 6d had a value of 21/2 new pence and was colloquially called the Tanner. The last regular issue was minted in 1967 and the coin was finally withdrawn in 1980,  9 years after decimalisation.

The Shilling

Shilling 24mm diameter

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The Shilling 1s or 12d had a value of 5 new pence and was colloquially called the Bob. The last regular issue Shillings were minted in 1966. In 1968 the new five pence piece was issued in preparation for decimalisation and, being of the same size and value, the Shilling was used along with the new five piece until being withdrawn in  1990, 19 years after decimalisation.

The Florin

Farthing 28mm diameter

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The Florin or Two Shilling piece 2s had a value of 10 new pence. The last regular issue Florins were minted in 1966. In 1968 the new ten pence piece was issued in preparation for decimalisation and, being of the same size and value, the Florin was used along with the new ten piece until being finally withdrawn in 1993, 22 years after decimalisation.

The Half Crown

Half Crown 32mm diameter

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The Half Crown 2s/6d had a value of 121/2 new pence. The last minting of the coin was in 1959 and it was finally withdrawn in 1970 in preparation for decimalisation.

The Crown

Crown 38.65mm diameter

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The Crown 5s had a value of 25 new pence. After the reign of Queen Victoria the crown was only struck for commemorative or collectors' purposes. The final Crown before decimalisation was issued in 1965 after the death of the great wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill.

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