Coins

Numismatics (coins)

Denarius Penny
Silver denarius of Hadrian
from Ugthorpe
Henry III penny

There are two panels of British coins on display. The first has representative coins from the pre-Roman Iron Age to the reign of King George VI. The second looks in much more detail at the coins of Queen Elizabeth II, including the transition from £.s.d to decimal currency in 1971, and the enormous range of coins produced by the Royal Mint to celebrate Royal events and commemorate anniversaries ranging from Roger Bannister’s sub-4 minute mile to the publication of Florence Nightingale’s book on nursing. Just at present they are issuing a series of coins to celebrate the London Olympics in 2012, many of them designed by amateurs all over the land, such as a schoolboy from Harrogate who designed the 50p piece about Cycling. There are also examples of the special gold and sterling silver coins produced for collectors.

Diamond wedding EII
£5 coin commemorating 2007 Diamond Wedding of
Elizabeth II and Prince Philip struck in sterling silver