What is the currency of Britain? UK currency explained

This article was updated by the Great British Mag content team on 21 September 2021

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We’ve all been there when you arrive in a new country and buying anything with cash becomes a drawn-out exercise and is tinged with embarrassment.

It goes something like this. The cashier presents you the price. You dig out a handful of coins and notes from your pocket. You slowly inspect each one to find out its value. You sense the queue growing behind you. You finally succumb and thrust out your palm so that the cashier can take what is needed.

To save your blushes we’ve created this useful video to help you familiarise yourself with UK currency. We’ve also thrown in a couple of the slang words for cash you may hear the locals using.

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