Celebrating 50 years of decimal currency.

On 15 February 1971 Britain changed over from the centuries old system of pounds, shillings and pence to a new currency based on 100 pennies to the pound. This change effected the entire nation, bringing people together as they learnt to master a new way of valuing everything. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Decimal Day in February 2021, we will be hosting a national programme of activities with the aim of connecting generations and getting people talking about their memories of the changeover. Explore below to find out more and get involved.

 

Short-story competition

Short-story competition

A competition open to all year five and year six primary school pupils in Wales.

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Cystadleuaeth Stori Fer

Cystadleuaeth Stori Fer

Cystadleuaeth sy’n agored i bob disgybl blwyddyn pump a chwech mewn ysgolion cynradd yng Nghymru.

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Medal design competition

Medal design competition

Our decmialisation medal design competition open to all undergraduate university students.

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A history of decimalisation

A history of decimalisation

Find out more about the monumental change from pounds, shillings and pence.

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Decimal collection

Decimal collection

The Royal Mint Museum has an outstanding collection of material relating to decimalisation.

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Going decimal

Going decimal

What is decimalisation? How many shillings in a pound? All this and more on our Learning Zone!

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Decimalisation reminiscence sessions

Decimalisation reminiscence sessions

Find out more about our new well-being project for the anniversary of decimalisation.

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