In 1998 the now familiar bi-metallic £2 coin was introduced (the first was actually dated 1997). There had been seven different thicker £2 coins made of a single metal issued before this date but while these coins are still legal tender, they
The £1 coin was introduced in 1983 to replace the Bank of England £1 note, which remained in circulation alongside the new coin until 1988. Many different reverse designs have been used on the £1 coin, alternating design themes each
The 50p coin was introduced in 1969 to replace the Bank of England 10 Shilling note. It was one of only three decimal coins to have been made and circulated before decimalisation took place fully in 1971. A huge number of different reverse designs
The most commonly collected decimal coins from change are the commemorative £2 coins, 50p and the UK themed £1 coins. These have separate pages with links on the home page. For the rest, there is this page, which covers decimal coins under 50p
100s of pages of information, conveniently and logically organised and smart phone friendly!
People have been checking their change with the help of ‘Check Your Change’ for 52 years! The Original Check Your Change is now online and more interactive than ever before.
In the early days it was the Pounds, Shillings and Pence that people were checking. These had served as the coinage of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland for over 1000 years. The UK switched to a fully decimal system (i.e. 100 pennies to the pound instead of the previous 240 pennies or 20 shillings to the pound) in 1971. Forty-six years and a good two or three generations later and anyone under 50 is unlikely to be familiar with anything other than decimal coinage.
Use this website to be able to quickly see what decimal coins were made, the history and information behind the events, mintage numbers and the Rotographic collectability scale. Significant new issues (with the emphasis on standard coinage rather than precious metal issues) and other related decimal coins developments will be added here.
More in-depth information can be found in the UK’s most comprehensive book on decimal coinage (which is also available in Kindle format) “Collectors’ Coins – Decimal Issues of the United Kingdom“. The book contains all the information on this website, plus a lot more, including price data for all circulation coins and current Bank of England bank notes as well as information on the special proof issues in all metals.
Also available is the Check Your Change app for Android devices (screenshot shown on the right), which allows users to manage their collection of UK decimal coins. It can also be upgraded to provide current values. More details here.
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To mark the 150th anniversary of the death of Beatrix Potter (in 2016) the Royal Mint issued 5 Potter themed coins. They had absolutely no idea how popular the Peter Rabbit silver proof coin (complete with tacky colour transfer, which looks very similar to the ones you have to soak in water and apply to the fuselage of your Airfix Messerschmitt Bf109) would be. The 15,000 2016 Peter Rabbit coins sold out within hours and they were kicking themselves all the way to the bank for not giving the coin a higher mintage limit. It was beyond their wildest dreams. The subsequent Duck, Hedgehog and Squirrel silver proof coloured-in coins, well, they did less well, but unperturbed by that, this year (2017), the Royal Mint decided to mark the, erm: 151st Anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s Death with another 4 coins, despite the fact that the folders they sold for the BU packaged coin range only have 5 spaces for the 2016 coins as originally planned.
The 2017 Beatrix Potter coins were launched today, initially the ‘Tale of Peter Rabbit’ coin, which is very similar indeed, but different to the original one that sold like hot cakes, being made available – this time with a doubled maximum mintage of 30,000 and an increased price of £60 each for the silver proof version.
They sold out again within a few hours after implementing a queuing system on their website, where at one stage there were nearly 48,000 people waiting in the queue (I’ve seen another screenshot just now with over 82,000 people in the queue)! It was slow, it crashed a lot and thousands of people are still unsure as to whether their orders got through successfully.
Don’t worry if you were unable to get one though, as rumour has it that only about 100 of the people that successfully bought one actually want one to keep, the rest of them all bought as many as they could (it was apparently limited to 3 per customer) and all of those coins will be appearing on eBay soon. In fact I have a feeling they probably already are, even before they’ve been received. This frenzy will in turn be followed by the usual sensationalist stories in the tabloids and on click-bait websites where they will probably confuse the normal non-silver coin for the coloury silver one (again). The hype will feed the frenzy and the frenzy will feed the hype and lots of people will get caught up and end up buying one because they’re amazing, only to wonder two weeks later why on earth they bought it in the first place.
Actually I’m very excited now* and really hope these coins will be made available in different packaging again, like they were last year. The standard Perspex block is all well and good, but what we really need is different packaging. I don’t mind paying a lot more for exactly the same coin in a different box. An ebony box, a cherry coloured box and something red would also be nice this year. Most of all though, I’m looking forward to seeing the same coin in a First Day Cover combination complete with a stamp on it and an envelope, just like a real letter!
Is that really what coin collecting is about?
The old round pound is due to be replaced in March, but what that will mean for the existing round pound coins? The answer is ‘absolutely nothing’, and here are some further musings: It’s started already, as I suppose is inevitable these days.
A man from the Midlands found this 2016 dated new 12-sided £1 coin in his change today (7th November)! He was also recently in Devon and isn’t sure when or where he received it. Some vending machine company’s do have
As of October 2016 (a year late) the 2015 Royal Navy coin is appearing in circulation. As suspected, it bears the 5th portrait of the Queen, making it distinctly different to the Royal Navy coins that were included in the
Here are some details of not very widely known varieties concerning current UK coinage (more info can be found on the site): 1. There are varieties of 1p coin that concern the type of rivets on the Portcullis shown on
Coming to light in recent weeks are these fake Britannia £2 coins which probably originate in China and have so far been found only in South Wales. They have an odd shiny, almost proof-like appearance and have no date on them.