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Started by <k>, November 06, 2022, 04:03:16 PM
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Quote from: FosseWay on November 06, 2022, 05:31:45 PMI think the penny was not issued for circulation until 1961.Only one is known for 1954. The 1953 issue is not hugely rare but is nothing like as common as the 1940s or 1960s issues. I think that the 1953 was only minted for the various commemorative sets, though I may have misremembered this.
Quote from: FosseWay on November 06, 2022, 06:08:27 PMThe half-crown, florin and sixpence had to change, because they included in their design references to King George. They didn't have to be changed so fundamentally, but some change was needed.
Quote from: FosseWay on November 06, 2022, 06:08:27 PMThat leaves the threepence. Why did they choose to "regress" from a new, non-heraldic design that did not need to be changed (no monogram, reference to India etc.) to a more traditional design using royal symbolism? I've no idea. Was there widespread public dislike of the thrift design?
Quote from: <k> on November 06, 2022, 06:27:59 PMIn 1967 the decimal penny was chosen to be the coin that would represent parliament.
Quote from: <k> on November 06, 2022, 06:27:59 PMIn fact, the portcullis on the 3 pence represents the House of Commons, not royalty.
Quote from: FosseWay on November 09, 2022, 07:15:20 PMthe portcullis is much closer to the heraldry of the higher predecimal denominations than it is to the thrift or wren.