The 50th Anniversary of Decimal Changeover Proof Coin Set

Marking the most momentous change in Britain’s Coinage in over 1,000 years! Your Chance to own the complete set of Britain’s last-ever predecimal coins with the first-ever decimal coins struck by the Royal Mint — all in Proof Quality. 

Familiar and yet different — how many of these 50-year-old coins do you remember?

  • Fourteen coins, all struck by the Royal Mint in Proof quality — the finest quality possible

  • Coins are all originals — and are not reproductions or restrikes

  • Each set includes the sought-after dated Royal Mint medallion. The special 1970 dated Royal Mint medal was only released along with the Proof coins of 1970 and was the first of its kind

  • All coins are presented in their original Royal Mint Presentation boxes, precisely as they were when issued fifty years ago

  • The eight predecimal coins of 1970 are the last-ever British predecimal coins and none of them were struck for circulation: they were only ever struck in Proof condition for collector sets

  • designs on the half-crown, florin, both shillings, sixpence, and brass threepence were all unique to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s reign meaning the 1970 dated examples in this set are the last-ever of a very short-lived design type

  • The Fifty Pence coin dated 1971 was never released for circulation: again, this coin was struck only for these Proof quality sets for the sake of completeness

  • These coins are part of our history, and their designs evoke fond memories, yet these are all coins that will never be struck again

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This year, Britain celebrates the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest events of our lifetime - the changeover to decimal currency

It’s incredible to think that fifty years ago, with one stroke the shilling of twelve pence and the pound of twenty shillings was gone and in its place was a ‘new’ pound of exactly one hundred ‘new’ pence. To mark this year's milestone anniversary, The Bradford Exchange is proud to bring you the opportunity to own a complete set of the original first-issue decimal coins and last-issue predecimal coins struck by the Royal Mint fifty years ago.


The Proof Coins of 1970 & 1971 together in one set —each coin is an authentic original struck more than 50 years ago

This set brings together the last-ever predecimal coins of Her Majesty’s reign, issued in 1970, along with the first set of decimal coinage of 1971. The fourteen coins represent the very moment in history when Britain’s predecimal coinage ended and our decimal coinage began. Each coin is over fifty years old, preserved in its proof collectors’ case. All fourteen of the coins are original Royal Mint issues struck to Proof quality, the highest quality possible.

Familiar and yet different — how many of these 50-year-old coins do you remember?

The coins in this set are fondly remembered by so many people within Britain. Predecimal currency inspired pride and affection in our country. Our old predecimal money was infinitely more interesting and colourful, as was the language of money. Our coins even had a host of nicknames – from the beloved bob to the tanner, the joey a ‘thruppeny bit’ and of course the “d”, which had a dignity and a history as old as Rome. When the switch occurred fifty years ago, we lost from our language many of the lovely words for our money, which had been in use for many hundreds of years, in return we got the ‘Pee’ which, somehow never quite inspired the same sense of pride. The predecimal penny was a very large coin - bigger than the present-day Fifty Pence, with Britannia proudly emblazoned on it. Do you remember the old Britannia Penny? How about the twelve-sided ‘thruppenny’ bit – now considered to be our nation’s favourite.


Nine of the coins were never released into circulation!

With a decimal changeover date in February 1971, you might think the last predecimal coins that people used on a daily basis would have been dated 1970. In fact, the last-ever Predecimal coins of 1970 were never released into circulation. The only way to add them to your collection is in this Proof set that you now have the opportunity to own. Pristine, Proof coins of key dates in history are precisely those keenly sought-after by collectors trying to assemble full year date collections, and naturally, today, are extremely difficult to obtain!


FREE with your set – an authentic reproduction of the original ‘Your Guide to Decimal Money’ — first issued in 1970

To oversee the introduction of the new decimal coinage in 1971, the government set up the Decimal Currency Board. As part of their many initiatives, they organised the publication of ‘Your Guide to Decimal Money’ — a booklet distributed throughout the UK to introduce the new coinage. An authentic reproduction of this original booklet is included with your 50th Anniversary of Decimalisation Coin Set – entirely FREE OF CHARGE.

Beautifully preserved in original pristine condition This comprehensive set, comprised of fourteen highest Proof quality coins, is the ultimate limited-edition. A set of such importance will be subject to considerable demand from not just collectors but also those who remember how momentous the “D-Day” was!

Item

Year of Issue 

Alloy

 Diameter 

 Weight 

Reverse Design

Half-Crown

1970

Cupronickel

32.3mm

14.14 g

Shields of the Royal Arms by Edgar Fuller and Cecil Thomas

Florin

1970

Cupronickel

28.5mm

11.31g

Double rose surrounded by leek, thistle, and shamrock by Edgar Fuller and Cecil Thomas

English Shilling

1970

Cupronickel

24mm

5.65 g

Three lions (or leopards), symbol of England, on a shield by William Gardner

Scottish Shilling

1970

Cupronickel

24mm

5.65 g

Lion rampant, symbol of Scotland, on a shield by William Gardner

Sixpence

1970

Cupronickel

19mm

2.83 g 

Intertwined rose, thistle, shamrock, and leek by Edgar Fuller and Cecil Thomas

Threepence

1970

Nickel-Brass

21.8 mm

6.8 g

Tudor portcullis by William Gardner

Penny

1970

Bronze

31mm

9.4 g

Seated Britannia by Charles Coombes

Half Penny

1970

Bronze

26mm

5.4 g 

Ship (The Golden Hind) sailing to left by Thomas Humphrey Paget

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Fifty Pence

1971

Cupronickel

30mm

13.5g

Seated Britannia by Christopher Ironside

 Ten Pence

1971

Cupronickel

28.5mm

11.31g

A lion passant guardant royally crowned, part of the crest of England, by Christopher Ironside

 Five Pence

1971

Cupronickel

23.6mm

5.66g

A thistle royally crowned, representative of Scotland, by Christopher Ironside

 Two Pence

1971

Bronze

25.9mm

7.13g

The Badge of the Prince of Wales, a plume of three ostrich feathers within a coronet, by Christopher Ironside

 Penny

1971

Bronze

20.3mm

3.56g

A crowned portcullis with chains, an adaptation of the Badge of King Henry VII, by Christopher Ironside

 Half Penny

1971

Bronze

17.1mm

1.78g

A representation of St Edward’s Crown by Christopher Ironside