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Old coins   Views: 1519
Old coins   Comments: 34
Photo: Aubrey Fairclough   Item #: 30241  
Old coins

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  Some of my wife's collection of silver threepenny coins. All collected during the 1940s and 1950s, from her parent's chip shop, 'Scillas' Walthew Lane, Platt Bridge
Silver threepenny coins were last minted in 1945 and were legal tender until 31st August 1971, however, after 1945 they were worth far more than 3 pence

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Comments by irene roberts, 23rd February 2018  
I hadn't realised silver threepenny coins were legal until 1971; I have no recollection of them. I have a bronze threepenny bit and a silver sixpence from 1952, the year I was born. As King George The Sixth died in early February of that year, no coins were minted between then and June 1953 when Queen Elizabeth was crowned, so 1952 coins are rare. My niece, on her wedding-day, presented all her Aunties with a silver sixpence from the year they were born and had no end of trouble obtaining mine! She got it off ebay in the end!

Comments by Mick, 23rd February 2018  
I would have loved to marry the daughter of the chippy owner

Comments by AP, 24th February 2018  
I remember that in 1950's and 1960's, many folk kept one or two of these especially to put into the Christmas pudding. I still have one.

Comments by Garry, 24th February 2018  
I don't remember these at all. I'm only familiar with the Threepence 3d or threepenny bit (thrupens) the 12 corner nickel-brass coin that ended on decimal day in 1971.

Comments by Maureen, 24th February 2018  
You used to be able to buy bracelets made of these in Kay's of Darlington Street.

Comments by A.W., 24th February 2018  
I have a few silver threepenny bits, a load of pre decimal coins all denominations and about £2 face value worth of sixpences. Many people seem to have forgotten that sixpences were still in regular use till the early 1980's.

Comments by Albert., 24th February 2018  
When I was in St Mary's infants' school, Lower Ince, in 1941, Wigan and district had a collecting fund named the "Spitfire fund" My contribution was, I collected from relatives, and family friends, silver three penny pieces. When I had a money box full, I took it to school, to donate to the fund. Not a great amount, but every little helped.

Comments by Poet, 24th February 2018  
I recall a chap who shopped exclusively at Kay's for all his clothing. We called him Man at Wally Kays after the C&A commercial.

Comments by Maureen, 24th February 2018  
You used to be able to buy bracelets made of these in Kay's of Darlington Street.

Comments by Veronica, 24th February 2018  
I can't say I remember these coins but have often wondered how much actual silver was in them. I would imagine if there was a lot of silver in them they would be worth more than the value of the coin. Also would it not have been a temptation to melt them down. They look like the old 'tanner' to me which I used to get on Saturday - then spent it on chocolate! I used to call it my 'Saturday Sixpence'!

Comments by Maureen, 24th February 2018  
Goodness knows why my iPad doubles up.
Re poets comment...I believe there's a very funny thread somewhere regarding someone's Mum buying her sons clothes from Kay's ,but he
looked like a Japanese Emperor going to School...the poor lad..I'm going to see if I can find it

Comments by Garry, 24th February 2018  
Ha ha great days Veronica x.

Comments by Aubrey, 24th February 2018  
Thank you all for your comments.
I understand that upto 1919 the amount of silver in the coins was 0.925% then 0.50%. From 1945 the coins were worth keeping, rather than spending. The value varies according to the year. 1945 seems to be one of the rarest because by then the coins cost considerably more to mint than they were worth.

Comments by AP, 24th February 2018  
I stand to be corrected if needs be, but just going from memory, they were silver until 1926, and then 50% silver until their demise.

I do recall that our pre-decimalisation coinage, in general, had by the end of its life become worth more in scrap value than its purchasing power: even the bronze (so-called copper) penny. (not legal however to use the coinage as a source of metals)

Comments by Henry7, 24th February 2018  
I remember Scillas chippy, great fish and chips. My Grandma lived in Bank Street, just around the corner.

Comments by Veronica, 24th February 2018  
Then it wasn't woth melting the coins down Aubrey! Garry it wasn't the ordinary chocolate block though -it was a selection of chocolates in the block. I recall soft caramel and other soft centres ...about 6 pieces I think. Dead yummy!

Comments by Barrie, 24th February 2018  
I recall my father putting into the Christmas pudding, that mother used to make, in the 1950's a sliver 3 pence piece. My 2 sisters and I used to "fight" over it until they "flew the nest". Such memories of long lost days. Now, youngsters don't eat such things these day.

Comments by irene roberts, 24th February 2018  
I remember the chocolate bar with different flavours in one bar, Veronica. I mentioned it in one of my articles in Past Forward.

Comments by tuddy, 24th February 2018  
It was the comedian Harry Pemberton who joked that his Mother couldn't afford a school uniform for him, so she went to Kay's to see what she could find for him to wear. For the next three years he went to school every day dressed as a Japanese admiral.

Comments by RON HUNT, 24th February 2018  
Besides putting these in the Christmas pudding at home. They put them in the Christmas pudding served at the Thomas Linacre School's Christmas dinner.

Comments by Linda Massa, 25th February 2018  
My Dad used to save them and had quite a few in a jam jar. One night we had burglars and they took the lot.

Comments by Albert., 25th February 2018  
Relative to the "Spitfire Fund", that I mentioned previously. Wigan did purchase a Spitfire. It was named "Wigan & District." It was flown by a Polish fighter pilot.

Comments by Philip Gormley., 25th February 2018  
Veronica: Would your 'Saturday Sixpence' have been for Fry's 5 Centres?

Comments by Veronica, 25th February 2018  
No Philip .... It was definitely Cadbury's chocolate with an assortment of soft centres in the shapes of the chocolates you would get in a box. My friend Carol and I would buy them purely for the novelty of them as well as being scrumptious. I recall soft caramel, strawberry, Turkish delight and orange cream I think and when you broke them off there was thick chocolate in between them.....my mouth's watering now thinking of them.. Even though I dont eat chocolate these days. I don't know how long the produced them for though. Irene remembers them.

Comments by irene roberts, 25th February 2018  
Yes, I remember them vividly. It was like having a small box of Milk Tray but in a bar. There were about five or six chocolate-covered "bumps" on the bar, each one holding a different flavour. I have googled it with no success and also looked in my Robert Opie books of brand-names which has loads of pics of the old chocolate bars, but not the one I want. I can see them in my mind's eye as clearly as if I had bought one this morning.

Comments by Pw, 25th February 2018  
They were called Cadburys milk tray chocolate bar,remember them well.Google it in there are some pictures of them

Comments by A.W., 25th February 2018  
I remember that chocolate bar as well, it was like a few milk tray chocolates welded together, can't remember when I last saw one.

Comments by Philip Gormley., 25th February 2018  
Veronica: All roads are now beginning to point in the direction of one of the Milk Tray 'Snack' bar varieties.

Comments by Philip Gormley., 25th February 2018  
Veronica: Cadbury's Dairy Milk Snack 'block', could have been where your 'Saturday Sixpence' had gone, and why not?

Comments by Veronica, 25th February 2018  
It's marvellous what memories the silver threepenny bits have triggered off and it's a joy to read the memories.

Comments by Aubrey, 25th February 2018  
‘ Scillas’ brother,Bob Gaskell, lived in Bank Street, wouldn’t it be a coincidence if he was your grandfather. If so, my wife Jean is related to you.
You are right the photo has evoked some memories.

Comments by PeterP, 25th February 2018  
If you go to the Royal Arcade (Southport) there are boxes full of the old coins.

Comments by Jinksi, 27th February 2018  
Got a silver sixpence in my Last Christmas Pudding at Spring View 1963.

Comments by Jinksi, 27th February 2018  
Meant Spring View School not just Spring View.

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