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This is a pre-decimal version with five tubes to hold two-shillings, two tubes of shillings, sixpences and threepenny bits.
This design of change-giver allowed tubes to be added or removed and the order to be changed according to the coins in use at the time.
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This is a pre-decimal version with six tubes to hold half-crowns, two-shillings, shillings, two tubes of sixpences and one of threepenny bits.
Pennies and halfpennies were not included. Drivers on Hants & Dorset continued to carry a conductor's cash bag to hold these and their fare charts and timetables.
Coins often remained in circulation for many years. As a result, there were several different designs of each around at any time.
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An unusual design, this is a pre-decimal version with seven tubes. Three tubes hold threepenny bits and the other four hold sixpences. The tubes are set to give different quantities of coins, for instance four sixpences for a two shilling coin or five for a half-crown..
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The first two tubes give a single 3d and the third gives two. The next gives a single 6d, then there are two tubes giving four and the last gives five. This type of machine was used to give change for larger coins on London Transport Red Arrow and other flat-fare buses introduced in the 1960s. The passenger was given the whole amount and then put the required coins into a turnstile or Auto-fare slot.
This decimal version with six tubes held pennies, two lots of two pence pieces, two of the original shilling size five pences and one of the original two shilling size ten pence pieces.
The five and ten pence coins were later replaced by smaller ones, as was the fifty pence piece. The old sixpence was retained as a two and a half pence piece for a while after decimalisation as many slots would need to be replaced.
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The pound and twenty pence pieces were introduced a few years after decimalisation.
This version holds from left to right: £1, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, and 1p using the later, smaller versions of 50p, 10p and 5p.
The new halfpenny and old sixpence were taken out of circulation around 1980. The penny and two pence coins no longer have the word NEW. The 20p coin was introduced in 1982 followed by the pound coin in 1983, the new 5p in 1990 and the new 10p in 1992.
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The smaller 50p did not arrive until 1998, together with a £2 coin.
This Syro machine holds from left to right: 50p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p, and 20p also using the later, smaller versions of 50p, 10p and 5p.
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The 10p lever has been replaced by one marked 50p.
Drivers on Hants & Dorset pay-as-you-enter buses and many other companies were issued with a change machine. Each tube had the diameter to hold a coin of a different value. The tubes can be changed to take different combinations of coin. The change giver was clipped to the cab door, allowing coins to be dropped in from the cash tray which had matching slots.
The change to decimal currency took place on Monday 15th February 1971. The 10p and 5p coins had been introduced in 1968 to allow people to become used to them. The 50p piece arrived in the following year to replace the ten shilling note. The (old) halfpenny was withdrawn at this time and the half crown in 1970. The old sixpence remained in use as 2½p until about 1980. The old shilling (5p) and two shilling (10p) coins gradually disappeared in the years following decimalisation and finally with the introduction of the smaller versions of the decimal coins. The 20p coin was introduced in 1982 and the £1 coin in 1983.
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