For hundreds of years Britain used a system of coinage based on twelve pennies to the shilling and twenty shillings to the pound. Find out more about the changeover to the currency we are familiar with today.

Pounds, Shillings and Pence

Pounds, Shillings and Pence

The pre-decimal currency system consisted of a pound of 20 shillings or 240 pence.

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The Move to South Wales

The Move to South Wales

In 1966 the decision to adopt a decimal currency system, required the Mint to strike millions of decimal coins.

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London to Llantrisant Exhibition

London to Llantrisant Exhibition

Explore a virtual tour of our temporary exhibition celebrating 50 years of the Royal Mint in Wales.

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Decimalisation

Decimalisation

On 1 March 1966 the Chancellor of the Exchequer, James Callaghan, announced that the centuries-old £sd system would be replaced by a decimal currency.

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Christopher Ironside

Christopher Ironside

Christopher Ironside prepared the reverse designs for all new denominations introduced during decimalisation.

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Demise of the Florin

Demise of the Florin

When the old-sized 10p pieces ceased to be legal tender at the end of June 1993, florins of the former £sd coinage were removed from circulation.

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Film Collection

Film Collection

Not unnaturally, perhaps, film-makers have always been keen to record footage of the Royal Mint in operation.

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Voices from the Mint

Voices from the Mint

Listen to long-serving members of staff as they tell their stories.

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Penny

Penny

The penny is the great survivor of the British coinage system.

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The Royal Mint Advisory Committee

The Royal Mint Advisory Committee

The Committee was established in 1922 with the personal approval of George V.

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