How much did life cost in 1952 ? A pint of milk for 4p, and a pension of £1.63 a week


Tilly Armstrong

A home cost £1,890
As the nation gears up to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, Money Mail shares 70 facts about how our finances have changed during her reign.
When the Queen succeeded to the throne in 1952 a pint of beer cost 9p, the average property cost £1,891 and the basic rate state pension was £1.63 a week for a single person

Cash

The Queen was the first monarch to appear on an English bank note in 1960 — her portrait featured on the new £1 note .

Monarchs featured on Royal Bank of Scotland banknotes from 1727.


There are 27 billion coins in circulation that feature the Queen's portrait.


Britain switched from shillings to 100 pennies in the pound in 1971.


More than 3.4 billion new coins were minted for 'Decimal Day' on February 15 that year.


The sixpence remained in circulation until 1980.


The last pre-decimal coin to be pulled was the florin, which was used alongside the 10p until 1993.


The first cash machine was launched in London in 1967. By 2017, there were 70,180 in the UK. But thousands have disappeared and there are now 52,282 ATMs.


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