Information about currency: Pound Sterling (pre-decimal)

Pound Sterling (pre-decimal) (1801 - 1971)
Currency NamePound Sterling (pre-decimal)
System1 Pound = 20 Shillings, 1 Shilling = 12 Pence, 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.

Period: Pound Sterling (pre-decimal) (1801 - 1971)
NamePound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Period1801 - 1971
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.

While it has technically been the same currency since 770 (i.e. it has only evolved but was never replaced with another currency for twelve and a half centuries), it has been separately listed for the purposes of this site as several currencies. This is done for convenience only (there would be too many coins listed for one currency otherwise) as well as for consistency - while the currency itself did not change, the country did; from Anglo-Saxon England it became (Norman) England, then Great Britain, then the United Kingdom of today.

Coin Types in currency: Pound Sterling (pre-decimal) (34)
Coin TypeTypeFromToSub-typesCoins
Half Guinea Regular Circulating 1801 1813 11
Third Guinea Regular Circulating 1801 1813 10
Crown Regular Circulating 1801 1965 10 45
Six Shillings Notgeld / Emergency Money 1804 1804 1
Five Shillings Notgeld / Emergency Money 1804 1804 1
Penny (Pre-decimal) Regular Circulating 1806 1970 5 128
Halfpenny (Pre-decimal) Regular Circulating 1806 1970 5 136
Farthing Regular Circulating 1806 1956 5
Guinea Regular Circulating 1813 1813 1
Halfcrown Regular Circulating 1816 1970 15 132
Shilling Regular Circulating 1816 1967 16 181
Sixpence Regular Circulating 1816 1967 14 152
Maundy Fourpence (Pre-decimal) Non-Circulating Legal Tender 1817 1970 2 152
Maundy Threepence (Pre-decimal) Non-Circulating Legal Tender 1817 1970 2 152
Maundy Twopence (Pre-decimal) Non-Circulating Legal Tender 1817 1970 2 152
Maundy Penny (Pre-decimal) Non-Circulating Legal Tender 1817 1970 2 152
Sovereign (Pre-Decimal) Regular Circulating 1817 1968 3 148
Half Sovereign (Pre-decimal) Regular Circulating 1817 1953 2 100
Twopence (Circulating) Regular Circulating 1817 1820 6
Five Pounds (Pre-decimal) Regular Circulating 1820 1937 11
Two Pounds (Pre-decimal) Regular Circulating 1820 1937 13
Third Farthing Regular Circulating 1827 1913
Half Farthing Regular Circulating 1828 1856
Threepence (Circulating) Regular Circulating 1834 1970 9 144
Three Halfpence Regular Circulating 1834 1870 13
Fourpence Regular Circulating 1836 1888 24
Quarter Farthing Regular Circulating 1839 1868
Florin Regular Circulating 1848 1967 11 117
Decade and Florin (Pattern) Pattern 1848 1848 2
Quarter Sovereign (Pre-decimal) Pattern 1853 1853 2
Twopence (Pattern) Pattern 1859 1859 1
Penny (Pattern) Pattern 1859 1894 2
Halfpenny (Pattern) Pattern 1859 1
Double Florin Regular Circulating 1887 1890 4
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Pound Sterling (pre-decimal): Details
Issued ByUnited Kingdom
From1801
To1971
Pound Sterling (pre-decimal): Users
CountryPeriodFromTo
Flag of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Pound Sterling (pre-decimal) 1657 1971
Flag of Isle of Man Isle of Man Pound Sterling (pre-decimal) 1679 1971
Flag of New South Wales New South Wales Pound Sterling 1788 1901
Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Pound Sterling (pre-decimal) 1801 1971
Flag of Bahamas, British Crown Colony Bahamas, British Crown Colony Pound Sterling 1825 1966
Flag of Ceylon, British Ceylon, British Pound Sterling (pre-decimal) 1825 1872
Flag of Malta Malta Pound Sterling 1825 1972
Flag of Falkland Islands Falkland Islands Pound Sterling (pre-decimal) 1833 1971
Flag of Jersey Jersey Pound Sterling (pre-decimal) 1834 1971
Flag of South Australia South Australia Pound Sterling 1836 1901
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand Pound Sterling (pre-decimal) 1840 1935
Flag of Guernsey Guernsey Pound Sterling (1848 - 1850) 1848 1850
Flag of Guernsey Guernsey Pound Sterling (pre-decimal) 1870 1971
Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar Pound Sterling (pre-decimal) 1898 1971
Flag of Australia Australia Pound Sterling 1901 1910
Flag of New Hebrides New Hebrides Pound Sterling 1906 1941
Flag of Ireland Ireland Pound Sterling 1922 1928