Coins of the Realm Pennies Collection
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Own five sought-after classic British Pennies - spanning five different monarchs

Remember Britannia from the Penny? Possibly the most iconic coin ever issued in the United Kingdom. Such is the power of the design it was used for nearly 300 years spanning the reign of sixteen monarchs.

The Britannia Penny was so popular it stayed the same size for over a century. And this makes it the ideal way to compare the portraits of our last five monarchs. With the Queen Victoria and King Edward VII pennies now both guaranteed to be at least 100 years old, your new collection of pennies is a nostalgic link to the past and the glory days of the British Empire.

Take a look at the images in more detail and you can see the succession of our monarchs, Victoria, Edward VII, George V, George VI and Elizabeth II. Each profile traditionally faces the opposite way  to the last - disrupted only by the abdication of King Edward VIII in 1936, who left the throne before any coins could be struck for him.

And other fascinating facts reveal themselves. Queen Victoria's 'old head' portrait, shown here on the penny, is the only time a UK monarch appears veiled on our currency - in honour of the passing of Prince Albert. And the George VI penny was the last time the title IND IMP (Emperor of India) appeared on our coinage - as the era of the British Empire slowly drew to a close.

When combined with the image of Britannia on the reverse which has been present on our coinage since the reign of Charles II, you can see why people are so fascinated by these coins. It is why they have the starting point of so many amazing coin collections over the years, and why they would be ideal to keep in the family for future generations.

I understand I will receive other coin's at the priority
collector's price of £34.99 (+£3.99p&p) in the Coins of the
Realm Heritage Collection at monthly intervals. I am under
no obligation and may return any coin's within 10 days. I
may stop collecting at any time.
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  • Country of Issue: United Kingdom
  • Year of Issue: 1893 - 1970
  • Coin Diameter: 31mm
  • Coin Weight: 9.4g
  • Obverse: Victoria/Edward VII/George V/George VI/Elizabeth II
  • Reverse: Britannia
  • Metal: Bronze
  • Finish: Circulated
  • Edition limit: n/a

Numismatic pieces should be owned primarily for collector interest.
The Westminster Collection does not offer them as an investment and makes no guarantees in terms of future value.