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Learn about the history of your souvenir coin!

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Your coin year: 1840

The 'Penny Post' postal service is started and the 'Penny Black' stamp is invented.

Famous events:

A policeman earned £1.18 a week, or 1 pounds, 3 shillings and 8 pence in Victorian money.

How much did people earn?

Queen Victoria marries her cousin Albert from Germany, who is given the title of Prince Consort.  The wedding takes place on 10th February in the Chapel Royal, St James’s and their first child, Victoria, Princess Royal, is born on 21st November.

Invention:

The population of Great Britain doubled from 16 million to over 30 million people during the Victorian era.

Victorian fact:

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Queen Victoria's age and reign:

Queen Victoria was 21 years old on the 24th May and had been Queen for 3 years.

1840