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Fourpence (Groat)

The Groat is a British silver coin that was separately minted in England, Scotland, and Ireland. A Groat is worth four pence in old money. Interestingly, the coins were never quite as heavy as the specifications of their weight and purity were meant to be, due to difficulties with consistency.

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The first Groats were made in the late 13th Century under King Edward I and stopped being produced in 1856 during the reign of Queen Victoria. Groats were actually produced once again in 1888, for colonial use in Guiana and the West Indies, and this lasted until their decimalisation in 1955.


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