England Unit: British Pound Sterling Currency Study

As part of our England unit, we studied the Pound Sterling, often referred to as the Pound. The Pound Sterling is the official currency of the United Kingdom, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, the British Antarctic Territory, and Tristan da Cunha. It is subdivided into 100 pence.

Sterling is the fourth most-traded currency in the foreign exchange market, after the United States dollar, the euro, and the Japanese yen. Sterling is also the third most-held reserve currency in global reserves (about 4%).

Over the years some changes have been made to the coins. The 1/2 pence coin was withdrawn from circulation and the 5p 10p and 50p coins were made smaller, as well as some design changes on the remaining coins.

As you can see, our collection of coins includes a rather eclectic mix of current and old designs. We talked about if the coins were smaller or larger, what color, shape and if they were thicker or thinner than other coins. How heavy did they feel?

We compared them to the coinage of the United States and how this differed.

It’s so much fun to play with money from other countries! 🙂

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