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Pre Decimal Coinage of Britain include Farthing, Half penny, Penny, Three pence, Six pence, One Shilling, Two Shillings (Florin), Double Florin (Four Shillings), Half Crown ,crown, Guinea.
Current coinage include One Penny, Two pence, Five pence, Ten pence, Twenty pence, fifty pence, One Pound, Two pounds. The coinage of the island of Britain was came from that of the Belgic and other tribes of the opposite coast, some of whose chiefs held sway on both sides of the Channel. It is probably that the Britons of the southern coast began to strike gold coins in the last half of the second century B.C. The earliest coins show a laureate head on the obverse and a rude horse or chariot-group on the reverse.
The silver, bronze, and tin coins are later than the gold in accordance with the rule applying to barbarous nations on coming into contact with Rome , the more precious metal was discarded for coinage. Roman influence becomes otherwise prominent in the later issues, and the only inscriptions found on British coins are in Roman letters. When Caesar came to Britain he found that the natives used gold coins or iron bars where the words aut aere are an insertion from a later sentence, are untuntur importato ).
The earliest coins attributed to Britain are found in the south-east district. They are of a flat fabric, and being also found across the Channel are attributed by some to Gaul . They are probably the coinage of Belgae on both sides of the water. There exist also cast tin coins of the sam e district. The earliest coins of more remote Britain are thicker and ruder than the Belgic gold.
The British Empire was at its peak in 16th & 17th centuries ,when the sun never set on the Britsh Empire because of the colonies all over the world. In 1783 Britain lost the war of Independence in North America but went on to expand its colonies in Africa ,Asia and oceanic as well as Australia.
The Queen or Kings head at the time was hallmarked into all colonies coins from India, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, East asfrica, Canada, Sth Rhodesia, Zanibar , St settlement, Jamacia, Mauritius, Hong Kong, Gibraltor, Ceylon ,Bermuda , Most of these coins still had the local currency as Pysa in Zanzibar, Mils in Palestine, Rupee in Mauritius and India and cents in Africa,But other countries carried forward with traditional British currency ,Pound s,Shilling Pence . Today these nations are known as the Commonwealth .
One of the most mysterious coins ever minted in the British Islands is the gold mancus with the name of king Offa of Mercia, 757-796. The curious thing about the coin is not that it belongs to king Offa, who minted other coins as well, or the fact that the coin is made from gold, because other coins of that time are made from this material.
The interesting thing is that the name OFFA REX (King Offa) is written in Latin characters while the rest of the legend, circular around the king’s name is written with… Arab alphabet.
Why a British King minted an Arab coin?
First of all, the mancus was a gold coin, with a weight of 4,2-4,3 g. It had a similar weight and title with the most known gold coin of the time, the Byzantine solidus (also nicknamed “the dollar of the Middle Age” as it was used as currency in all Europe). From the Byzantine Empire, the solidus went in Europe as a coin but also served as inspiration for an Arab coin. Here the coin was known as dinar. The dinar was also used in transactions by the Arab populations, including in the areas that they occupied. And in the 8th century, this also meant Spain. From here, the coin reached France and England, as a payment method. In England, this coin was minted by several kings, and had the value of 30 silver pence.
The coin can be seen at the Numismatic Department of the British Museum, room 68, Exhibit 1, Gold Dinar of Offa. This coin has been the subject of much debate with equal amounts of people standing on both sides of the fence.
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British Silver Coins
Set contains five penny coins dated between 1914 and 1918 - extremely rare
Genuine British heritage - over 100 years old
The World War II coin, banknote and stamp set
A comprehensive documentation of the rise of WWII. A stunning documentation of the second world war
Features coins and stamps of many countries involved. Includes extremely rare old coins - only 1000 editions compiled
Thirty-one stamps. Eight coins. Twelve banknotes. A ration coupon. Period photographs and graphics
All coins and stamps are precious originals
Great British Icons Six-Coin Silver Proof Set
The six coins in this set are selected from the best of the ‘Celebration of Britain Collection’ that rejoice in the Mind, Body and Spirit. Britain is the Olympic host for 2012 and each coin is inscribed with a motivational quote that embodies the Olympic spirit.
United Kingdom Coins section of The Perth Mint online shop. Coin collectors can purchase British legal tender coins.
Buy The Perth Mint’s 2014 Gold Proof Australian Sovereign coin online today.
This fourth annual release features the Australian Commonwealth Coat of Arms on a background of Golden Wattle accompanied by the inscriptions AUSTRALIA and SOVEREIGN on the reverse. The design also incorporates The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.
The coin is struck from 22-carat of 91.67% pure gold in proof quality and issued as Australian legal tender. Presented in a timber display case, which includes a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, only an extremely limited mintage of 2,500 sovereigns will be released.
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British Gold Sovereign Coins (also called the “British One Pound”) Product Details
Manufacturer: Royal Mint
- .2354 oz of Gold
- Dates of mint vary - Circulated Condition
- 22 Karats - 7.9881g (.2568 troy oz) - Diameter 22mm
- Dates 1887-present - Various Designs