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|Coin||Monach/Year first minted||Materials||Year demonitorised||Oldest legal tender issue when withdrawn|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.