When did UK coinage go decimal?

15 February 1971
On Monday 15 February 1971, Britain went decimal, however 40 years after the first decimal coins entered circulation it was time for rejuvenation.

Why did we go decimal in 1971?

What is decimalisation? Our current decimalised system of currency was introduced to make the tendering of money much simpler, and to bring it in line with similar currencies around the world, easing the process of international trade.

When was money decimalised?

Elsewhere, the Coinage Act of 1792 introduced decimal currency to the United States, the first English-speaking country to adopt a decimalised currency. In France, the decimal French franc was introduced in 1795.

When did Sixpence go out of circulation?

From 1947 it was made from cupronickel. Following decimalisation, on 15 February 1971, the coin remained in circulation but was reduced in value. It was taken out of circulation in 1980.

When did The Threepenny Bit go out of circulation?

August 1971
Originally it was planned that old money would be phased out of circulation over eighteen months, but as it turned out, the old penny, halfpenny and threepenny coins were officially taken out of circulation as early as August 1971.

Who brought in decimalisation?

Having converted to the ruble (equal to 100 kopecks) in 1704, Russia became the world’s first country to adopt a decimal currency, followed by the 1795 introduction of the franc in the wake of the French Revolution.

Who was prime minister when decimalisation?

Yet for some reason, the idea of decimalisation remained resolutely unpopular in Britain. In 1961, then prime minister Harold Macmillan set up a committee headed by respected academic Lord Halsbury to examine the different options.

What coins were there before decimalisation?

The names of the coins were (in ascending order) farthing, half penny, penny, threepence, sixpence, shilling, florin, half crown and crown.

Why was there 240 pence in a pound?

There were 240 pennies to a pound because originally 240 silver penny coins weighed 1 pound (1lb).

When did The Threepenny bit go out of circulation?