2021 Anniversary of Decimal Day Pre-Decimal and Decimal Collector Set

The 2021 Anniversary of Decimal Day Pre-Decimal and Decimal Collector Set

This is NOT a proof set but a collection of good quality coins chosen by the Royal Mint in order to celebrate 50 years of Decimalisation in 1971. The coins represent the typical coins found shortly before and shortly after decimalisation.

It's a great set whether you remember the coins or not. It's also easy to forget that the decimal coins have already changed (50p, 10p and 5p all resized smaller, half-pence demonetised).

These coins are available from the Royal Mint Shop.

The pre-decimal coins are:

  • Half-crown
  • Florin (Two shillings)
  • Shilling
  • Sixpence
  • Threepence
  • Penny
  • Halfpenny
  • Farthing

The decimal coins are:

  • Fifty Pence
  • Ten Pence
  • Five Pence
  • Two Pence
  • One Pence
  • Half-pence

Obverse and Reverse designers vary.

Image Credit: The Royal Mint.

Mintage: Not known
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 2021 ?
The Monarch is Queen Elizabeth II. Prime Minster is Boris Johnson. New (20 January) US President is Joe Biden (D-Delaware) and vice-president is Kamala Harris. The Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic still dominates World news and face masks are the norm. People and Businesses struggle after a long lockdown.
Elizabeth II (1952-Present)
Queen Elizabeth II is the current and longest reigning monarch ever. Born on 21 April 1926 to King George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, she became Queen in 1952 and her Coronation was on 2 June 1953.

Queen Elizabeth II has issued many coins and was monarch during decimalisation.
General Description: Royal Mint Proof Sets
Royal Mint Proof Sets are available in several versions. They are generally year sets of UK coins, although the coins included may vary between versions.

The packaging is usually excellent and according to the version the packaging will be card, leather/plastic or even wooden boxes at the top end. The more expensive sets tend to have more coins, including commereative coins like crowns. As a general guide:

  • Standard Proof Sets are issued in blue folders or card display boxes.
  • Deluxe Proof Set are issued in red leather cases.
  • Executive Proof Sets are issued in wooden boxes.
  • Some earlier sets were issued in card folders or plastic blister packs.
Royal Mint Proof Sets are very popular with collectors and some can demand quite high prices.
Which Mint: The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint is the designated place for the UK to mint coins. It dates back well over 1000 years and is a Government-owned company. 

Formed in the reign of Alfred the Great about the year 886, during the period 1279-1812 it was generally referred to as The Tower Mint as it was housed at the Tower of London. The Master of The Royal Mint has included famous figures such as Sir Isaac Newton.

Since 2010 it has operated as Royal Mint Ltd, a company owned by HM Treasury, under an exclusive contract to supply all coinage for the UK although it also produces medals and coins for other countries. It is currently located at Llantrisant, Wales.

There is also an on-line shop at The Royal Mint Shop.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
The United Kingdom (UK) is the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is often refered to as Great Britain (GBR). It has a long, rich history.

The orignal coinage was Pounds, Shillings and Pence but since decimalisation on 15 February 1971, it is £1 = 100p, that is One Pound = 100 pence. The coinage of the UK is also a long history, the Royal Mint being established as long ago as 886AD when coins were hammered. Today there is perhaps 30 billion coins in circulation, and many (numismatic) collectors coins and sets are issued frequently in gold, silver and other metals.
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