In my latest video I take a closer look at the MUST HAVE Charles Dickens £2 coin collection and tell you EVERYTHING you need to know!
It really has got the collecting community talking, making this a video you NEED to see…
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Charles Dickens is widely regarded as the greatest novelist and social critic of the Victorian era. He created some of today’s best-known ‘classic’ characters including Oliver Twist, Ebenezer Scrooge and Nicholas Nickleby, to name just a few.
And now, to mark 150 years since his passing, a brand new set of £2 coins has been issued for release by Jersey Treasury and fully authorised by Her Majesty the Queen.
The FIVE new British Isles coins, celebrate some of Dickens most famous works, of which a vast majority were based on events from his life. For example, after working in a blacking factory, both ‘David Copperfield’ and ‘Great Expectations’ were fictionalised.
Throughout his life, Dickens was a vocal critic against poverty and the Victorian social hierarchy. His novels gained unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the 20th century, critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius.
Find out more about these BRAND NEW £2 coins below…
The COMPLETE Charles Dickens BU £2 Coin Collection
This remarkable collection features FIVE £2 coins, each struck to a Brilliant Uncirculated quality and depicting some of Dickens’ most famous works, along with iconic lines from each book. The set includes:
- Great Expectations “Ask no questions, and you’ll be told no less”.
- Oliver Twist “Please Sir, I want some more”.
- David Copperfield “Never do to-morrow what you can do today”.
- A Christmas Carol “God Bless Us, Every one!”
- Charles Dickens himself “1812 Charles Dickens 1870”.
What’s more, the coins will come protectively housed in bespoke Charles Dickens packaging. This set is one of the only ways you can own all FIVE coins and demand is expected to be high. If you’d like to secure one for your collection for JUST £49.95 (+p&p) then click here >>>
The STRICTLY LIMITED Charles Dickens Silver Proof £2
The Silver Proof version of this stunning £2 coin features a specially commission illustration of literary legend himself, Charles Dickens, adorning the reverse. The coin has been struck to a flawless Proof finish out of .925 Sterling Silver with selective 24ct Gold-plating.
The Silver Proof editions are without a doubt the collector’s favourite and almost always acquire fast sell-outs. With an edition limit of JUST 2,020 coins, time is short to secure one for your collection… Click here to guarantee yours >>>
The ULTIMATE Charles Dickens Silver Proof £2 Collection
This Silver proof set is by far the most limited way to own these coins. Not only are they strictly limited to JUST 995, but four of the coin designs, by illustrator Andy Walker, also feature full colour. This truly is the ultimate Charles Dickens £2 Coin Collection.
Sterling Silver, 24ct Gold-plating, full colour illustrations and only 995 available worldwide – Don’t miss out on yours… Click here >>>
The Charles Dickens Stamp & Coin Set
If you’re looking for something special, this Coin and Stamp Presentation is for you. This set features the Charles Dickens Brilliant Uncirculated £2 alongside the new ‘Oliver Twist’ stamp issued by Jersey.
Beautifully presented in a box, and carefully encased in protectively sealed numismatic capsules, only 500 collectors will be able to secure one… Click here to secure yours today >>>
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Charles Dickens remains not only one of the greatest novelists of the Victorian Era, but in the whole of British history, and these coins are already proving phenomenally popular.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Decimalisation of our currency. On 15th February 1971, known as Decimal Day (or D-Day), the country switched to the decimal currency (based on multiples of 10 and 100) that we are familiar with today. But what happened on that day, and why is it important to collectors?
Before then, Britain used a monetary system that dated thousands of years back to the Roman Empire! The problem with the old Pounds, Shillings, and Pence system (sometimes called ‘old money’) is that it was based on multiples of 12 and 240. This made it quite confusing – there were 12 pennies in a shilling and 240 pennies in a pound, and 20 shillings made a pound – certainly not easy to add up in your head!
We get a lot of questions about Decimalisation, so before we celebrate the anniversary next month, we’ve answered some of your top questions about the biggest change to UK currency ever!
What were the coins called before Decimalisation?
The Pounds (£), Shillings (/-) and Pence (d) system included lots of coins with very different names to today’s coinage. A lot of these coins were given slang nicknames, such as ‘thrupence’ or ‘thrupny bit’ for a threepence, or a tanner for a sixpence. A Shilling was sometimes called a ‘bob’, and a ten shilling note would often be referred to as a ‘ten-bob‘ note.
|Pre-decimal Coin||Amount||Decimal Equivalent|
|Halfpenny||½d.||5⁄24p ≈ 0.208p|
|Penny||1d.||5⁄12p ≈ 0.417p|
Who was the first country to go decimal?
Did you know the UK wasn’t the first country to go decimal? In fact, as early as 1704 Russia introduced the Ruble which was equal to 100 Kopecks, making it the first country to have a decimal coin. It was followed by France which introduced the Franc in 1795. Although the UK was one of the last to turn decimal, discussions first started in Britain as early as the 1820s, but the idea didn’t take off well with the public so it wasn’t until 150 years later that it actually happened.
When were the first decimal coins issued?
The first new decimal coins were actually issued before decimal day in 1971 – three years earlier in fact! In 1968 the plans for decimalisation were set in motion. To try and help the public acclimatise to the new decimal coins, the 5p and 10p, were issued, followed by the 50p a year later in 1969. This meant that the coins circulated alongside their pre-decimal siblings (Shilling, Florin, and 10 bob note) and were used interchangeably. By 1971 when the pre-decimal coinage ceased to be legal tender, only 3 new coins would be introduced (Half pence, one pence, two pence), making the jump to decimal currency a little easier for the public.
Why did the banks close for four whole days?
In 1971, very few banks used digital systems so on 10th February the banks closed for four days until Decimal Day. This allowed all outstanding cheques to be cleared in old money and all customers accounts to be converted into decimal coinage – and because most banks weren’t computerised, this had to be done manually! February was actually chosen as it was the quietest time of year for banks, shops, and public transport. It’s hard to imagine the banks closing for four days in a row now!
How did people compare between the two currencies?
Many people worried about shopkeepers inflating the prices of products during the changeover, but with a public information campaign that ran for almost 2 years prior, many people already had some idea of the conversions. And to help, currency convertors were made available to people, and shops displayed the prices in both currencies before and after Decimal Day. People could also continue to pay in old money, but they would receive their change in new money.
It took some time, but soon the decimal currency became familiar to everyone and continues to be the biggest change to UK coinage in thousands of years. In the lead up to the 50th anniversary, we’ll be issuing a series of blogs telling you all you need to know about this iconic moment in numismatic history, so make sure to stay tuned!
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You can commemorate the 50th anniversary of Decimalisation now with the Historic Decimal Coins Collection! Including an ORIGINAL Decimal Coin Wallet, BRAND NEW BU 50p, and a FREE replica booklet. Click here to secure your Historic Decimal Coins Collection for JUST £29.99!