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Information about currency: Pound Sterling (pre-decimal)

Currency namePound Sterling (pre-decimal)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Dates770 - 1971
System

1 Pound = 20 Shillings, 1 Shilling = 12 Pennies, 1 Penny = 4 Farthings

Description

The pound sterling is the world's oldest currency still in use and which has been in continuous usage since its inception.

Prior to 1971, one pound was subdivided into 20 shillings and each shilling into 12 pence, making 240 pence to the pound (hence the currency was not decimal).

On 15 February 1971, the UK decimalised, replacing the shilling and penny with a single subdivision, the new penny. £1 12s 6d became £1.62½. The word "new" was omitted from coins after 1981.

Currency Pound Sterling (pre-decimal) periods:
Period Code From To
United Kingdom pre-decimal pound sterling 1801 1971
Great Britain pound sterling 1707 1801
Medieval pound 1158 1707
Anglo-Saxon pound 770 1158
Currency Pound Sterling (pre-decimal) was used:
Country From To
Ireland Pound Sterling 1922 1928
New Hebrides Pound Sterling 1906 1941
Australia Pound Sterling 1901 1910
Gibraltar Pound Sterling (pre-decimal) 1898 1971
Guernsey Pound Sterling (pre-decimal) 1870 1971
Guernsey Pound Sterling (1848 - 1850) 1848 1850
New Zealand Pound Sterling (pre-decimal) 1840 1935
South Australia Pound Sterling 1836 1901
Jersey Pound Sterling (pre-decimal) 1834 1971
Falkland Islands Pound Sterling (pre-decimal) 1833 1971
Malta Pound Sterling 1825 1972
Ceylon (British) Pound Sterling (pre-decimal) 1825 1872
Bahamas, British Crown Colony Pound Sterling 1825 1966
New South Wales Pound Sterling 1788 1901
Isle of Man Pound Sterling (pre-decimal) 1679 1971
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Pound Sterling (pre-decimal) 1657 1971
United Kingdom Pound Sterling (pre-decimal) 770 1971
Coin types of currency Pound Sterling (pre-decimal):
Six Shillings 1804 - 1804

15 Pence (Dump) 1813 - 1813

Five Shillings (Holey Dollar) 1813 - 1813

Australian Half Sovereign 1855 - 1866

Australian Sovereign 1855 - 1870

Five Pounds 1852 - 1852

One Pound 1852 - 1852

Maundy Fourpence (Pre-decimal) 1817 - 1970
  Maundy Fourpence (Sterling silver) 1817 - 1970
  Maundy Fourpence (Debased silver) 1921 - 1946

Maundy Threepence (Pre-decimal) 1817 - 1970
  Maundy Threepence (Sterling silver) 1817 - 1970
  Maundy Threepence (Debased silver) 1921 - 1946

Maundy Twopence (Pre-decimal) 1817 - 1970
  Maundy Twopence (Sterling silver) 1817 - 1970
  Maundy Twopence (Debased silver) 1921 - 1946

Maundy Penny (Pre-decimal) 1817 - 1970
  Maundy Penny (Sterling silver) 1817 - 1970
  Maundy Penny (Debased silver) 1921 - 1946

Five Pounds (Pre-decimal) 1820 - 1937

Two Pounds (Pre-decimal) 1820 - 1937

Sovereign (Pre-Decimal) 1817 - 1968
  Sovereign (pre-Victorian) 1817 - 1837
  Sovereign (Shield) 1837 - 1887
  Sovereign (1838 - 1971) 1838 - 1971
  Sovereign (St George) 1871 - 1968

Half Sovereign (Pre-decimal) 1817 - 1953
  Half Sovereign (Pre-decimal, Shield) 1817 - 1893
  Half Sovereign (Pre-decimal, St George) 1893 - 1937

Guinea 1813 - 1813

Half Guinea 1801 - 1813

Third Guinea 1801 - 1813

Crown 1801 - 1965
  Crown (St George within Garter) 1818 - 1820
  Crown (St George) 1818 - 1902
  Crown (Shield) 1826 - 1847
  Crown (Gothic) 1847 - 1853
  Crown (Wreath) 1927 - 1936
  Crown (St George, Modern) 1935 - 1935
  Crown (Shield, 0.500 silver) 1937 - 1937
  Crown (St George, CuproNickel) 1951 - 1951
  Crown (Shields, CuproNickel) 1953 - 1960
  Crown (Churchill) 1965 - 1965

Halfcrown 1816 - 1970
  Halfcrown George III Large Head 1816 - 1817
  Halfcrown George III Small Head 1817 - 1820
  Halfcrown George IV First Reverse 1820 - 1823
  Halfcrown George IV Second Reverse 1823 - 1824
  Halfcrown George IV Third Reverse 1824 - 1829
  Halfcrown William IV 1831 - 1837
  Halfcrown Victoria First Issue 1839 - 1887
  Halfcrown Victoria Second Issue 1887 - 1892
  Halfcrown Victoria Third Issue 1893 - 1901
  Halfcrown Edward VII and George V 1902 - 1919
  Halfcrown George V (0.500 Silver, First Issue) 1920 - 1927
  Halfcrown George V (0.500 Silver, Second Issue) 1927 - 1936
  Halfcrown George VI (Silver) 1937 - 1946
  Halfcrown George VI (CuproNickel) 1947 - 1952
  Halfcrown Elizabeth II 1953 - 1970

Double Florin 1887 - 1890

Florin 1848 - 1967
  Gothic Florin 1848 - 1887
  Godless Florin 1848 - 1849
  Jubilee Florin 1887 - 1892
  Florin Three Shields 1893 - 1901
  Florin Britannia 1902 - 1910
  Florin George V First Issue 1911 - 1919
  Florin George V First Issue (Debased) 1920 - 1926
  Florin George V Second Issue 1927 - 1936
  Florin George VI (Silver) 1937 - 1946
  Florin George VI (CuproNickel) 1947 - 1951
  Florin Elizabeth II 1953 - 1970

Shilling 1816 - 1967
  Shilling George III 1816 - 1820
  Shilling George IV First Issue 1820 - 1821
  Shilling George IV Second Issue 1823 - 1825
  Shilling George IV Third Issue 1825 - 1829
  Shilling Wreath 1831 - 1887
  Shilling Shield 1887 - 1892
  Shilling Three Shields 1893 - 1901
  Shilling Lion on Crown (First Design, sterling) 1902 - 1919
  Shilling Lion on Crown (First Design, debased) 1920 - 1927
  Shilling Lion on Crown (Second Design) 1927 - 1936
  English Shilling (First Design, silver) 1937 - 1946
  Scottish Shilling (First Design, silver) 1937 - 1946
  English Shilling (First Design, cupronickel) 1947 - 1952
  Scottish Shilling (First Design, cupronickel) 1947 - 1951
  English Shilling (Second Design) 1953 - 1970
  Scottish Shilling (Second Design) 1953 - 1970

Sixpence 1816 - 1967
  Sixpence George III 1816 - 1820
  Sixpence George IV First Issue 1821 - 1821
  Sixpence George IV Second Issue 1824 - 1826
  Sixpence George IV Third Issue 1826 - 1829
  Sixpence Wreath (First Design) 1831 - 1887
  Withdrawn Sixpence 1887 - 1887
  Sixpence Wreath (Second Design) 1887 - 1910
  Sixpence Lion on Crown (Sterling Silver) 1911 - 1920
  Sixpence Lion on Crown (Debased Silver) 1920 - 1927
  Sixpence Oak Leaves 1927 - 1936
  Sixpence George VI (First Design, Silver) 1937 - 1946
  Sixpence George VI (First Design, Cupronickel) 1947 - 1948
  Sixpence George VI (Second Design) 1949 - 1952
  Sixpence Elizabeth II 1953 - 1970

Fourpence 1836 - 1888

Threepence (Circulating) 1834 - 1970
  Threepence (George III) 1817 - 1820
  Threepence (First Design) 1834 - 1887
  Threepence (Second Design, Sterling) 1887 - 1920
  Threepence (Second Design, Debased) 1921 - 1926
  Threepence (Oak Sprigs) 1921 - 1926
  Threepence (Edward VIII) 1937 - 1937
  Threepence (Rose) 1937 - 1945
  Threepence (Brass, Thrift Plant) 1937 - 1952
  Threepence (Brass, Portcullis) 1953 - 1970

Twopence (Circulating) 1817 - 1820

Three Halfpence 1834 - 1870

Penny (Pre-decimal) 1806 - 1970
  Penny (Britannia, first design) 1806 - 1808
  Penny (Silver, circulating) 1817 - 1820
  Penny (Britannia, second design) 1825 - 1860
  Penny (Britannia, third design, large) 1860 - 1874
  Penny (Britannia, third design, small) 1874 - 1894
  Penny (Britannia, fourth design) 1895 - 1970

Halfpenny (Pre-decimal) 1672 - 1970

Farthing 1799 - 1956

Half Farthing 1828 - 1856

Third Farthing 1827 - 1913

Five Shillings 1804 - 1804

Quarter Farthing 1839 - 1868

Quarter Sovereign (Pre-decimal) 1853 - 1853