The History of Leith

January 27, 2008

After 2,000 years Britannia retires

THE image of Britannia, which has featured on British coins for hundreds of years, is to be retired from this April. In her place will be representations of modern Britain submitted by contemporary artists.

Gordon Brown personally approved the change in one of his last decisions as chancellor of the exchequer. The decision was also approved by the Queen. Now the 50p piece will no longer automatically carry the Britannia image.for more click here

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