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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.

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The first Gold Sovereign was an English hammered coin first struck in 1489, during the reign of King Henry VII of England (1485-1509). Lord Daubeney & Bartholomew Reed, joint masters & workers of the mint by Royal appointment, were given instructions to create a new gold coin at the "standard fineness" - 958 fine,also known as 23 carat; the standard for gold at the time.

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Five coins that can turn up in your change and be worth a mint

The Benjamin Britten 50p coin might not be worth a mint but there are some coins that turn up in your change which could be. We round up five you could find in your change.

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Old coins: strike gold with pre-decimal silver

Threepenny bits. (80 to a £1) With one of these I could buy some Lincoln biscuits to have with my bottle of free milk at school.

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Pair of metal detector friends discover three quarters of a TON of Iron Age coins worth £10m buried in a field in Jersey after searching for 30 years

Neil Mahrer, Conservator for the Jersey Heritage Museum inspects some of the coins uncovered in Europe's largest hoard of Iron Age coins worth up to GBP10 million

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This glorious Brilliant Uncirculated 50p coin pays tribute to the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birth. Discover this beautiful, accessible coin here.

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Do you have a pound coin worth £30 in YOUR pocket?

A number of rare £1 coins are fetching high prices online as the round coinage is phased out from March. The rarest £1 coin currently in circulation is the Edinburgh £1.

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