What is the lowest denomination of old British money?

What denomination of old British money was worth the least?

After the farthing was withdrawn in 1960, the halfpenny was the lowest denomination coin until its demise in the run-up to decimalisation. The pre-decimal penny was the lowest value coin for a few years until 1971, when the decimal halfpenny took over.

What was 5p in old money?

Old money v new money coins

Coin Value Closest decimal coin
Sixpence 2.5p New twopence
Shilling 5p Five new pence
Two shillings 10p Ten new pence
Half crown 12.5p Ten new pence

What is the smallest Victorian coin?

It was produced for circulation in Ceylon in various years between 1839 and 1853, with proof coins being produced in 1868. It is the smallest denomination of pound sterling coin ever minted.

Quarter farthing.

Edge Plain
Composition (1839–1853) copper (1868) bronze
Years of minting 1839–1853, 1868
Design Queen Victoria

What is the smallest UK coin?

the royal mint’s ‘britannia gold and silver proof collection‘ includes the UK’s smallest coin, weighing just one fortieth of an ounce and measuring eight mm wide.

Why is a shilling called a bob?

Bob – The subject of great debate, as the origins of this nickname are unclear although we do know that usage of bob for shilling dates back to the late 1700s. Brewer’s 1870 Dictionary of Phrase and Fable states that ‘bob’ could be derived from ‘Bawbee’, which was 16-19th century slang for a half-penny.

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What is British slang for money?

Other general terms for money include “bread” (Cockney rhyming slang ‘bread & honey’, money. … Quid (singular and plural) is used for pound sterling or £, in British slang. It is thought to derive from the Latin phrase “quid pro quo”. A pound (£1) may also be referred to as a “nicker” or “nugget” (rarer).