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Bank Notes And Coins

Volume 498: debated on Tuesday 8 April 1952

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many bank notes of each variety and how many coins of each variety are in circulation at the present time; and how these figures compare with 1938.

Up to date figures for Bank of England notes in circulation are now being prepared and will appear in the Bank of England report for the year ended 28th February, 1952, which will be published in due course. Figures for the years ended 28th February, 1939, and 28th February, 1951, appear in the Bank of England Report for the year ended 28th February, 1951, which was published as Command 8317.As regards coins, the following table shows the estimated number of coins issued, less withdrawals, as at 31st December, 1951, for silver, cupro-nickel and nickel brass coins of the various denominations:

31st December, 193831st December,1951
Million piecesMillion pieces
Threepences (silver)8892
Threepences (nickel brass)60450
For bronze coins the value of issues, less withdrawals, was £10.5 million on 31st December, 1938, and £13.5 million on 31st December, 1951.All these figures include a quantity, incapable of exact calculation, of coins lost, destroyed or taken out of the country.