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The Pound Sterling is the currency of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland since the Anglo-Saxon era. The name pound derives from Latin pondus, meaning ‘weight’. The Old English pound was a unit of weight, initially equated with the Ancient Roman weight called libra, which explains why the monetary sign in English is still ‘£’, the letter ‘L’ as the initial of libra.
We exchange both British Pound coins and banknotes, and we also accept withdrawn Pound Sterling banknotes. Our online exchange service is quick, easy, secure and free of charge.
To convert your leftover British Pounds to cash, select the type of British Pounds you want to exchange:
current Bank of England banknotes2015 - currentExchange Rate: £0.95000View BanknotesAll current Bank of England banknotes are made of polymer plastic. The old paper Pound Sterling banknotes are no longer legal tender since September 2022, when the paper £20 and £50 notes were the last ones to be replaced by polymer Bank of England bills. We change these modern Bank of England notes free of charge. We also give cash for withdrawn paper Bank of England banknotes, Pound Sterling coins and predecimal and withdrawn Pound Sterling coins.
Pound Sterling coins1971 - currentExchange Rate: £0.92000View CoinsPound Sterling coinage is produced by the Royal Mint. Coins from 1 penny to 2 Pounds are legal tender in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Decimal British Pound coins were launched in 1971. Smaller versions of 5, 10 and 50 pence coins were introduced in 1992 (5p and 10p) and 1997 (50p). Banks and bureaux de change outside the United Kingdom won't accept Pound Sterling coins for exchange. However, we exchange all UK Pound Sterling coins. This includes predecimal and withdrawn Pound Sterling coins. We also exchange for free current and withdrawn Pound Sterling banknotes.
predecimal and withdrawn Pound Sterling coins1816 - 2017Exchange Rate: £0.75000View CoinsThese predecimal and withdrawn Pound Sterling coins have been withdrawn from circulation by the Royal Mint. It includes the old £1 pound coin replaced in 2017. These old style British coins are no longer accepted as a means of payment in the United Kingdom. At Leftover Currency we continue to exchange old versions of Pound Sterling coins, both larger type decimal and pre-decimal. We also exchange current Pound Sterling coins and banknotes, and withdrawn Bank of England banknotes.
withdrawn Bank of England banknotes1928 - 2020Exchange Rate: £0.92000View BanknotesSince September 2022, all paper Bank of England banknotes have lost their legal tender status. The old paper versions of British Pound Sterling banknotes have been withdrawn from circulation and are no longer a valid means of payment in the UK. However, we exchange these withdrawn Bank of England Pound Sterling banknotes free of charge. We also exchange current Bank of England notes, British pound coins and predecimal and withdrawn Pound Sterling coins.
withdrawn Bank of England white notes1725 - 1961Exchange Rate: £0.92000View NotesSo called 'white notes' were issued by the London-based Bank of England from 1725. These old British bills are monochrome white, printed on one side only. White notes were replaced by coloured Pound Sterling banknotes in the 1950s and 1960s. Forgeries of white notes are quite common. During World War II, white notes of denominations between £5 and £50 were forged in great numbers by the Germans in Operation Bernhard. White notes are no longer legal tender in the United Kingdom. However, we give cash for these withdrawn Bank of England white notes.
withdrawn HM treasury banknotes1914 - 1928Exchange Rate: £0.92000View BanknotesThese pre-decimal currency notes were issued by the Treasury between 1914 and 1928 for use in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Under the British pre-decimal system, a pound Sterling is made up of 240 pence; 12 pence make up a shilling and 20 shillings make up a pound. These HM treasury bills were discontinued and they are no longer legal tender. We exchange withdrawn HM treasury banknotes free of charge.