The 40th anniversary of "D-Day" – Decimal Day – is this Tuesday.

The 40th anniversary of "D-Day" – Decimal Day – is this Tuesday.

It was really a pretty little coin: The English 6d of Oak sprigs and acorns ~ The sixpence, known colloquially as the tanner, or half-shilling, was a British pre-decimal coin, worth six (pre-1971) pence, or 1/40th of a pound sterling.   The first sixpences were struck in the reign of Edward VI in 1551 and continued until they were rendered obsolete by decimalisation in 1971.

It was really a pretty little coin: The English 6d of Oak sprigs and acorns ~ The sixpence, known colloquially as the tanner, or half-shilling, was a British pre-decimal coin, worth six (pre-1971) pence, or 1/40th of a pound sterling. The first sixpences were struck in the reign of Edward VI in 1551 and continued until they were rendered obsolete by decimalisation in 1971.

My favourite pre-decimal coin. So chunky. I still have one as a good luck token. Twelve-sided threepenny bit

My favourite pre-decimal coin. So chunky. I still have one as a good luck token. Twelve-sided threepenny bit

Saving Gold Might be A lot more Trouble Than It is Really worth

Saving Gold Might be A lot more Trouble Than It is Really worth

The unseen Ironsides The UK coins that never were  Decimal pattern trial coin from 1963 - 10p The ten pence coin features St George and the dragon.

The unseen Ironsides The UK coins that never were Decimal pattern trial coin from 1963 - 10p The ten pence coin features St George and the dragon.

Reverse of 1973 Fifty Pence Cupro-Nickel ProofSuperb and Scarce Official Royal Mint 1973 EEC "Hands" Solid Silver Fifty Pence Piedfort Proof Coin in Case  Item A Marvellous and Scarce Vintage Royal Mint Solid Silver 1973 Piedfort Proof EEC 50P Coin, in Case.

Reverse of 1973 Fifty Pence Cupro-Nickel ProofSuperb and Scarce Official Royal Mint 1973 EEC "Hands" Solid Silver Fifty Pence Piedfort Proof Coin in Case Item A Marvellous and Scarce Vintage Royal Mint Solid Silver 1973 Piedfort Proof EEC 50P Coin, in Case.

vintage British coins, I remember the thrupney bit a little and the big pennies as my Grandad gave me a jar full to play 'shop' with. The shilling was used as 5p after decimalisation and the sixpence was 2 & 1/2p

vintage British coins, I remember the thrupney bit a little and the big pennies as my Grandad gave me a jar full to play 'shop' with. The shilling was used as 5p after decimalisation and the sixpence was 2 & 1/2p

One of the world’s most storied coins is the Spanish real, which was Spain’s denomination at the height of the nation’s dominance as a world power in the 16th century. Silver eight-real coins were worth one Spanish dollar, and were the source of the phrase “pieces of eight,” which has been associated with pirates and ill-gotten treasure since 1883:

One of the world’s most storied coins is the Spanish real, which was Spain’s denomination at the height of the nation’s dominance as a world power in the 16th century. Silver eight-real coins were worth one Spanish dollar, and were the source of the phrase “pieces of eight,” which has been associated with pirates and ill-gotten treasure since 1883:

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