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Learn about the history of your souvenir coin!

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Your coin year: 1844

Famous events:

A policeman earned £1.12 a week, which was 1 pound, 2 shillings, 4 pence in Victorian money

 

(click here to learn more about British money before 1971).

How much people did people earn?

The potato famine began in Ireland, leading to one million deaths and a million others leaving the country for Britain and America.

Invention:

One fifth of the nurses in the Victorian age were under the age of 15.

Victorian fact:

Samuel Morse sends the first ever 'morse code' message.  The telegraph had already been invented, but this was the first time that this special code had been used to send messages.

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The Factory Act is also made law, which stopped children between 8 and 13 working more than 6.5 hours a day.

Queen Victoria's age and reign:

Queen Victoria was 25 years old on the 24th May and had been Queen for 7 years, when her and Albert have their fourth child, Prince Alfred.

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