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Information about currency: Pound Sterling

Currency namePound Sterling
CountryUnited Kingdom
Dates1971 -
System

Description

The pound sterling (symbol: £; ISO code: GBP), commonly known simply as the pound, is the official currency of the United Kingdom, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, the British Antarctic Territory, and Tristan da Cunha. A number of nations that do not use sterling also have currencies called the pound. At various times, the pound sterling was commodity money or bank notes backed by silver or gold, but it is currently fiat money, backed only by the economy in the areas where it is accepted. The pound sterling is the world's oldest currency still in use and which has been in continuous usage since its inception.

Currency Pound Sterling was used:
Country From To
Zimbabwe Pound Sterling 2009
United Kingdom Pound Sterling 1971
Gibraltar Pound sterling 1971
Falkland Islands Pound Sterling 1971
Guernsey Pound Sterling 1971
Jersey Pound sterling 1971
Isle of Man Pound Sterling 1971
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Pound Sterling 1971
Coin types of currency Pound Sterling:
Crown (Five Pounds) 1990 -

Crown (25 Pence) 1972 - 1990

Maundy Fourpence (Decimal) 1971 -

Maundy Threepence (Decimal) 1971 -

Maundy Twopence (Decimal) 1971 -

Maundy Penny (Decimal) 1971 -

Sovereign (Decimal) 1972 -
  Sovereign (Decimal, St George) 1972 -
  Sovereign (Decimal, 500th Anniversary) 1989 - 1989
  Sovereign (Decimal, Shield) 2002 -
  Sovereign (Decimal, St George with sword) 2005 -
  Sovereign (Decimal, St George Spearing Dragon Head) 2012 -

Half Sovereign (Decimal) 1980 -
  Half Sovereign (Decimal, St George) 1980 -
  Half Sovereign (Decimal, 500th Anniversary) 1989 - 1989
  Half Sovereign (Decimal, Shield) 2002 -
  Half Sovereign (Decimal, St George with sword) 2005 -
  Half Sovereign (Decimal, St George Spearing Dragon Head) 2012 -

Quarter Sovereign 2009 -
  Quarter Sovereign (St George) 2009 -
  Quarter Sovereign (St George spearing dragon head) 2012 -

Two Pounds 1997 -
  Two Pounds (Nickel-Brass) 1986 - 1996
  Two Pounds (Bimetallic) 1997 -

One Pound 1983 -
  One Pound (One year types) -
  One Pound (Royal Arms) 1983 -
  One Pound (Thistle and Diadem) 1984 - 1989
  One Pound (Leek and Diadem) 1985 - 1990
  One Pound (Flax and Diadem) 1986 - 1991
  One Pound (Oak Tree and Diadem) 1987 - 1992
  One Pound (Lion) 1994 - 1999
  One Pound (Dragon) 1995 - 2000
  One Pound (Celtic Cross) 1996 - 2001
  One Pound (Three Lions) 1997 - 2002
  One Pound (Shield of the Royal Arms) 2008 -

Fifty Pence 1969 -
  Fifty Pence (Large) 1969 - 1994
  Fifty Pence (Large, one year types) 1973 - 1997
  Fifty Pence (Ironside design) 1997 - 2008
  Fifty Pence (One year types) 1998 -
  Fifty Pence (Dent design) 2008 -

Twenty Pence 1982 -
  Twenty Pence (Gardner design) 1982 - 2008
  Twenty Pence (Dent design) 2008 -

Ten Pence 1968 -
  Ten Pence (Large) 1968 - 1992
  Ten Pence (CuproNickel, Ironside design) 1992 - 2008
  Ten Pence (CuproNickel, Dent design) 2008 - 2011
  Ten Pence (Steel, Dent design) 2012 -

Five Pence 1968 -
  Five Pence (Large) 1968 - 1989
  Five Pence (CuproNickel, Ironside design) 1990 - 2008
  Five Pence (CuproNickel, Dent design) 2008 - 2012
  Five Pence (Steel, Dent design) 2012 -

Two Pence 1971 -
  Two Pence (Bronze, Ironside design) 1971 - 1998
  Two Pence (Steel, Ironside design) 1992 - 2008
  Two Pence (Steel, Dent design) 2008 -

One Penny 1971 -
  One Penny (Bronze, Ironside design) 1971 - 1992
  One Penny (Steel, Ironside design) 1992 - 2008
  One Penny (Steel, Dent design) 2008 -

Half Penny 1971 - 1984

Two Pounds (Decimal, Gold) 1980 -

Five Pounds (Decimal, Gold) 1980 -