Coins Of The Realm
Five friends (one is Kenneth) who are coin-collectors each have a favourite piece in their collection. The denomination of each favourite coin (from lowest to highest) is: shilling, florin, half-crown, crown, and half-sovereign. From the information given below, can you identify the collectors (one surname is Masters) and match each one with the reign and denomination of their favourite coin?
- Students of the British coinage will be aware that the florin was first minted in 1849 as a first step towards decimal coinage. It may also be of help to know that the sovereign and half-sovereign replaced the guinea and half-guinea in 1816, though items continued to be priced in guineas until decimalisation finally took place in 1971.
- Celia Bennett's favourite piece, which is not from Victoria's reign, has a higher face value than the George I coin.
- Mary's coin bears the head of a king.
- The owner of the half-sovereign is called Irwin, but the half-crown does not belong to the collector called Andrews.
- The George III coin belongs to the person named Walters; its face value is higher than that of Dennis's favourite piece.
- Paul's coin, which was minted in the reign of Queen Anne, is not the crown.
Anne (1702 - 1714)
George I (1714 - 1727)
George III (1760 - 1820)
Victoria (1837 - 1901)
Edward VII (1901 - 1910)