Pound Sterling
Pound sterling
King Offa
King Offa


The pound sterling is the world's oldest currency still in use and has been in continuous use since its inception by King Offa 1239 years ago.
Offa Coin
Offa Coin

Pound Coin
Pound Coin

It is still ranked in 4th place for trading.

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The King of Mercia England, in the latter half of the 8th Century, began the minting of the earliest English silver pennies. The pound was divided into 20 shillings and 240 silver pennies.

Story behind Sterling
Libra Scale
Libra Scale

Its name derives from the Latin word Libra for weight or balance, via the construction Libra Pondo, meaning a pound weight. The '£' symbol, is an ornate letter 'L', and the abbreviation for the unit of mass, lb (pound) because its value originally equated to the price of a pound of silver not gold.


Coin Shield
Coin Shield

The reverse of the modern coins form a sheild.
The emblem of Rule Britannia
In History
  • 18 February 1871.
    On this day 148 years ago Harry Brearley was born
  • 06 February 1804.
    This month 215 years ago the world lost Joseph Priestley
  • 10 February 1912.
    This month 107 years ago the world lost Joseph Lister
  • CT Scan. 100 years ago 28 August 1919 Godfrey Hounsfield was born
  • 16 February 1834.
    This month 185 years ago the world lost Lionel Lukin
  • 05 February 1790.
    This month 229 years ago the world lost William Cullen
  • 21 February 1741.
    This month 277 years ago the world lost Jethro Tull
  • 19 February 1927.
    This month 91 years ago the world lost Herbert Akroyd Stuart
  • 08 February 2017.
    This month 2 years ago the world lost Peter Mansfield
  • 17 February 2011.
    This month 8 years ago the world lost Ron Hickman
  • 14 February 1779.
    This month 240 years ago the world lost Captain Cook
  • 26 February 1884.
    This month 134 years ago the world lost Alexander Wood
  • 23 February 1965.
    This month 53 years ago the world lost Stan Laurel
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