Abbreviation for Denarius, the 'd' in £sd (pounds-shilling-pence), for the predecimal British penny.
The lowering of the intrinsic value of a coin, usually by reducing the gold or silver content. Monarchs and governments do it to save money (at the peoples expense).
Moving a currency onto the decimal system (units of 10). The UK decimalised in 1971 so that 1 pound = 100 pence.
Coins of Charles I that carried the (abbreviated) motto 'Religio Protestantium Leges Angliae, Libertas Parliamenti' thus declaring 'The religion of the Protestants, the laws of England, the liberty of Parliament.
Decus et Tutamen
Latin for 'An ornament and a safeguard'. From Virgil’s Aeneid
Latin for 'By the Grace of God'. Often abbreviated such as D G Regina (By the Grace of God, Queen) or D G Rex for a King.
The standard Roman silver coin. Equivalent to 10 asses.
The face value of a coin, e.g. 'One Pound' or '10 cents'.
Artist or creator of the design of the coin.
Describes the head on the coin is wearing a crown or headband as an sign of Royalty.
Metal tool engraved with the design of the coin used to stamp the blank.
American 10 cent coin.
Domine Dirige Nos
Meaning: 'Lord direct us.' The Motto of London.
American $20 gold coin (1850-1933)
British coin denominated at 4 shilling (4/-) minted during the reign of Queen Victoria. The were only made from 1887 until 1890, making it one of the shortest lived coins in British history. It is a large coin with a 36mm diameter, just 2mm smaller than a Crown. See Double Florins.
A coin that is struck twice leaving a double impression as a defect.
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