We start off with the humble sixpence, worth exactly 2.5p in new money.
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And then there's the farthing, a much loved coin that gave its name to one of the earliest known bicycles.
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The threepence was generally pronounced 'thruppence', but was also known as the 'thruppenny bit', which became a popular rhyming slang term.
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The crown was equivalent to five shillings, or 25p in today's money.
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The florin, or the two shilling bit, derives its name from the city of Florence in Italy.
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The Royal Mint worked overtime to produce the replacement coins under the new system...
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...and there was a massive publicity campaign to tell the public about the change in currency.
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But despite all the publicity, it still took people a long time to adjust to the new coins...
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...and some people had to go right back to basics.
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