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Your Coin History



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Learn about the history of your souvenir coin!


Your coin year: 1862

Famous events:

A teacher earned £1.81 a week, which was 1 pound, 16 shillings and 4 pence in Victorian money.


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

How much people did people earn?

Queen Victoria’s daughter, Princess Alice, married Prince Louis of Hesse On 1 July 1862.  Queen Victoria was still so upset at Albert’s death the year before that she was escorted in the room behind a line of people into an armchair out of view of the rest of the guests.


Each day, teachers were expected to fill the oil lamps and clean the chimneys of their schools.



Victorian fact:

Richard Gatling invents the first machine gun for use by the Union army in the American Civil War.  It is responsible for many thousands of soldier's deaths.

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Queen Victoria's age and reign:

Queen Victoria was 43 years old on the 24th May and had been Queen for 25 years.