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Your Coin History



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Learn about the history of your souvenir coin!


Your coin year: 1871

Famous events:

A housekeeper earned 78p a week, which was 15 shillings and 7 pence in Victorian money.


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

How much people did people earn?

The first FA Cup competition is played, with 15 teams entered. It is won by a team called ‘Wanderers’, who won 1-0  against the Royal Engineers at Kennington Oval. A crowd of 2,000 attended the match and they each paid one shilling to watch.


The original FA cup football trophy, much smaller than the present one, was made by Messrs Martin, Hall & Co. and cost £20.



Victorian fact:

Souter Lighthouse in England is the first to use alternating current electricity, which is the same type of electricity that we still use today.

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Queen Victoria's age and reign:

Queen Victoria was 52 years old on the 24th May and had been Queen for 34 years.