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Coins Of The Realm

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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?

  1. 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.
  2. Celia Bennett's favourite piece, which is not from Victoria's reign, has a higher face value than the George I coin.
  3. Mary's coin bears the head of a king.
  4. The owner of the half-sovereign is called Irwin, but the half-crown does not belong to the collector called Andrews.
  5. The George III coin belongs to the person named Walters; its face value is higher than that of Dennis's favourite piece.
  6. 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)


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