Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
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VICTORIA D:G: BRITT: REG: F:D:

When I was a kid there were still coins in circulation that had Queen Victoria's head on them. Also the heads of every monarch since. You reached in your pocket and out came a handful of history. Victoria, Edward, George, George, Elizabeth. The changeover to decimal currency put an end to that. Now everything in circulation is Elizabethan.

Among the things that came out of the boxes in the garage was a purse full of pre-decimal -loose change that my grandmother had stashed away. It has all the heads- going back to a middle-aged Victoria. There are pennies, halfpennies, farthings. The farthings wear best- and I've selected a couple out for keeping- because they're pretty. The rest are off to the charity shop. None of them is worth anything but loose change; I checked.



Victorian Farthing, 1878
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