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Whether it's change for your bus fare or a supermarket shop, you'll probably be dealing with UK currency on a daily basis.

The following information should give you a head start in getting to grips with the coins and notes in circulation in the UK.


The pound sterling (£) is the unit of currency in the UK.

One pound (£1) is divided into 100 pence (p), and coins are in use with values of 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2. All coins have the Queen's head on one side (heads) and a symbol on the other (tails).


Notes in circulation have values of £5, £10, £20, and £50.

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