British pre-decimal coins

These are Britain's pre-decimal coins which could be used in the twentieth century. Some are still legal tender today, although I doubt they would turn up in anyone's loose change.

Coin Monach/Year first minted Materials Year demonitorised Oldest legal tender issue when withdrawn
Farthing (¼d) Edward I (1272-1307)(*) Silver, copper, bronze (from 1860) 1 January 1961 1860
Halfpenny (½d) Edward I (1272-1307)(*) Silver, copper, bronze (from 1860) 1 August 1969 1860
Penny (1d) Offa of Mercia c760 Silver, copper, bronze (from 1860) 1 September 1971 1860
Threepence (3d) Edward VI 1551 Silver, brass (from 1937) Brass - 1 September 1971; silver still legal tender value (3p) (**) 1834 (silver) 1937(brass)
Groat (4d) Edward I (1272-1307) Silver Still legal tender value 4p, but not in regular circulation in the twentieth century(**) 1836
Sixpence (6d) Edward VI 1551 Silver, cupronickel 1 July 1980 1816
Shilling (12d) Henry VII 1489 Silver, cupronickel 1 January 1990 1816
Two shillings (florin) (2s) Victoria 1849 Silver, cupronickel 1 July 1993 1849
Halfcrown (2s 6d) Henry VIII 1526 (gold), Edward VI 1551 (silver) Gold, silver, cupronickel 1 January 1970 1816
Double florin (4s) Victoria 1887 Silver, cupronickel Still legal tender, but not in regular circulation 1887
Crown (5s or 25p) Henry VIII 1526 (gold), Edward VI 1551 (silver) Silver, cupronickel Still legal tender, but only used for commemorative issues 1818
Half sovereign Henry VIII 1544 Gold Still legal tender, but rarely used after 1914 1838
Sovereign Henry VII 1489 Gold Still legal tender, but rarely used after 1914 1838

(*) Earlier examples have been found, but it is believed that this were trial or experimental issues. The first successful farthing and halfpenny issues were in the reign of Edward I.

(**) Groats and silver threepence coins are still legal tender and were re-valued upwards as they are indistinguishable from Maundy coins of the same value. So a groat worth 4d increased in value to 4p in 1971.

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