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Your Coin History



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Learn about the history of your souvenir coin!


Your coin year: 1848

Famous events:

A farmworker earned 56p a week, which was 11 shillings, 1 pence in Victorian money.


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

How much people did people earn?

 The first ever WH Smith bookshop opens at Euston Station, in London, and George Stephenson, the famous railway engineer and builder of the Liverpool and Manchester railway, dies.


In Victorian times, house servants were paid a very low wage but their food and rent was given to them free of charge.

Victorian fact:

John Stringfellow achieves achieve the first powered flight in a steam-driven flying machine.  This is not to be confused with the first manned flight, as this came much later with the flight of the Wright brothers plane in 1903.

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Queen Victoria's age and reign:

Queen Victoria was 29 years old on the 24th May and had been Queen for 11 years when their sixth child, Princess Louise, is born.