Farthing (Royal Mint)

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The farthing was the smallest unit of pre-decimal currency and was worth a quarter of the old penny. In case you were wondering why this wasn't mentioned right at the start, the farthing was actually demonetised around 1960, long before the decimalisation process began.

But as it had been a part of 'old money' for so long, we thought no gallery on predecemalisation would be complete without it.

According to Dr Clancy, the wren seen on the coin was designed by Harold Wilson Parker and made its first appearance on the farthing in 1937.

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