Old British Pennies - any info?

Old British Pennies - any info?

Post by Ian Drak » Thu, 15 Mar 2001 04:18:22



Please can someone tell me, who appeared on the reverse of old style
British pennies?

And have you any web addresses that could tell us more?

thanks in anticipation!

 
 
 

Old British Pennies - any info?

Post by Graybag » Thu, 15 Mar 2001 04:27:14


Britannia is the seated lady.

For a great UK coin web-site try...

http://www.tclayton.demon.co.uk/coins.html

Graybags

Quote:
> Please can someone tell me, who appeared on the reverse of old style
> British pennies?

> And have you any web addresses that could tell us more?

> thanks in anticipation!


 
 
 

Old British Pennies - any info?

Post by David Hop » Thu, 15 Mar 2001 04:30:13


I *think* Brittannia was the ancient Roman personification of Britain.  I
don't think she was a God...  anyone know?


Quote:
> Please can someone tell me, who appeared on the reverse of old style
> British pennies?

> And have you any web addresses that could tell us more?

> thanks in anticipation!

 
 
 

Old British Pennies - any info?

Post by Anka » Thu, 15 Mar 2001 07:16:47


David asked: "I *think* Brittannia [sic] was the ancient Roman personification
of Britain.  I don't think she was a God...  anyone know?"

You are correct.  Britannia was, and still is, Britain personified (as in the
song "Hail, Britannia, Britannia rules the waves...").  Britannia was also the
Roman name for GB.  She was not a goddess.

Anka Z  

 
 
 

Old British Pennies - any info?

Post by Ian Drak » Thu, 15 Mar 2001 08:05:46


thanks! Just what I needed
Quote:

> Britannia is the seated lady.

> For a great UK coin web-site try...

> http://www.tclayton.demon.co.uk/coins.html

> Graybags


> > Please can someone tell me, who appeared on the reverse of old style
> > British pennies?

> > And have you any web addresses that could tell us more?

> > thanks in anticipation!

 
 
 

Old British Pennies - any info?

Post by Graybag » Thu, 15 Mar 2001 09:19:30



Quote:
> David asked: "I *think* Brittannia [sic] was the ancient Roman
personification
> of Britain.  I don't think she was a God...  anyone know?"

> You are correct.  Britannia was, and still is, Britain personified (as in
the
> song "Hail, Britannia, Britannia rules the waves...").  Britannia was also
the
> Roman name for GB.  She was not a goddess.

You mean "rule Britannia" right?

Graybags

 
 
 

Old British Pennies - any info?

Post by Paul Mille » Thu, 15 Mar 2001 09:39:07



Quote:
> David asked: "I *think* Brittannia [sic] was the ancient Roman
personification
> of Britain.  I don't think she was a God...  anyone know?"

> You are correct.  Britannia was, and still is, Britain personified (as in
the
> song "Hail, Britannia, Britannia rules the waves...").  Britannia was also
the
> Roman name for GB.  She was not a goddess.

Is it just me, or does Brittania on the 1789 George III penny resemble
Neptune, what, sitting on the harbor with that pitchfork in her hand?
 
 
 

Old British Pennies - any info?

Post by Anka » Thu, 15 Mar 2001 10:43:37


Correctomundo!

;-)
Anka

 
 
 

Old British Pennies - any info?

Post by Anka » Thu, 15 Mar 2001 11:24:31


Paul asked: "Is it just me, or does Brittania on the 1789 George III penny
resemble
Neptune, what, sitting on the harbor with that pitchfork in her hand?"

Like Neptune, Britannia holds a trident in her right hand which symbolizes
Britain's supremacy on the sea.  The connection to Neptune, god of the sea, was
undoubtedly deliberate.  

 
 
 

Old British Pennies - any info?

Post by Padraic Bro » Thu, 15 Mar 2001 11:34:03


Perhaps she's Neptune's sister? Or maybe Neptune got a sex change?

: Paul asked: "Is it just me, or does Brittania on the 1789 George III penny
: resemble
: Neptune, what, sitting on the harbor with that pitchfork in her hand?"

: Like Neptune, Britannia holds a trident in her right hand which symbolizes
: Britain's supremacy on the sea.  The connection to Neptune, god of the sea, was
: undoubtedly deliberate.