Toy / Teaching coin H.R.H. Albert .P.W.

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I found this teaching aid in January 2013.

Even without my glasses I knew it was not a coin even though I could see a head on one side.

Google came to my aid for the ID.

"Toy / Teaching coin H.R.H. Albert .P.W - 12 pence make 1 shilling by S.G. Onions Toy / model money made by S. G. Onions as a teaching aid for schools about 1843. There were 10 varieties made, of different denominations, and all are now very rare."
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S.G. Onions? :shock: That's as bad a monicker as my old geoggers master T.P.W. Curly-Kale.

Never seen one of them before (never even heard of them) so thanks for the heads-up, Doug :thumbsup:
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Well that's a bit different. :thumbsup:
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What a great find.
Never heard of one of these.
John ( Figgis ) Graham Onions, England and Durham Cricketer. only a few years ago.
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Never seen one before either. Nice find :thumbsup:
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I really like that find, and the idea of a "teaching coin".

I found this on (which looks to have some interesting bits), and they said was taken from the U.K.'s Token Corresponding Society web site.


Teaching Coin Albert Prince of Wales - later Edward VII

These were issued to, or used by, schools from 1843 onwards to help children learn l.s.d. (pounds, shillings and pence) and to generally assist in learning to count money. From 1843 the coins were made in various metals - to match the currency - until the late 1800's. Then cardboard was used and these resembled the coins actually in use. This carried on until the late 1900's.

Running alongside the cardboard from about the 1970's is a vast series of decimal coins in plastic, only some of which are "educational" with most being issued, by many manufacturers, for games and toys. [Plastic coins and tokens are also covered by a separate topic.]


S. G. Onions produced a series of coins in 1843 for educational purposes - for teaching in schools and at home. It is an extremely rare series as most were lost by use and they are now over 160 years old. There are 10 main denominations from "1 SOVEREIGN IS 1 POUND" down to "4 FARTHINGS MAKE 1 PENNY". The portrait is always of the baby PRINCE ALBERT, PRINCE OF WALES (later King Edward VII) and each reverse has the correct number of dots for the denomination to help with counting. For example, "12 PENCE MAKE 1 SHILLING" has 12 dots. This is the coin most usually seen but is still rare. All the other denominations are very rare indeed. The coins range from only 11mm diameter to 17mm diameter. A variety of metals were used but the base metal is usually either copper or brass. The set was reputed to have been issued in a wire mesh bag but none seem to be known today.

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