Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Decimal Day

Decimal Day

In 1971, the United Kingdom’s coinage evolved from the centuries-old system of pounds, shillings and pence to a new decimal currency. Far from being an overnight switch, decimalisation took many years of careful planning and also involved a huge information campaign. In order to achieve the monumental challenge of striking of new coins, a new factory was required along with new machinery, production techniques and processes.

Some 50 years later, we celebrate The Royal Mint’s successful Decimal Day with a new 50p commemorative coin that brings the old to mind, carefully selected pre-decimal coins, and sets that bring a sense of nostalgia to the occasion. All are presented in specially designed packaging, giving a unique perspective of decimalisation.

 

 

 

The Nation’s Big Coin Collection

We are on the lookout for all those decimal period coins and collections. Join us on the hunt and see how many you can find

Featured Historic Decimal Day Coins

Be Inspired

DISCOVER THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE DESIGN

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Behind the Design

SENIOR RESEARCH CURATOR GRAHAM DYER RECOLLECTS DECIMALISATION

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Graham Dyer Recollects Decimalisation

MAKING THE CHANGE TO DECIMAL COINAGE

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Making the Change to a Decimal Coinage

REMEMBERING DECIMAL DAY AT THE ROYAL MINT MUSEUM

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Remembering Decimal Day at The Royal Mint Museum

STRIKING CHANGE

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Striking Change

SORT THE COINS IN ORDER GAME

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Decimalisation Game

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