Britain's currency is the pound sterling, written as £ before a figure. A pound consists of 100 pence, written as p with figures.
Pound coins are round and gold-coloured. They have the Queen's head on one side and one of four designs, English, Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish, on the other. The 2 coin is silver-coloured with a gold edge. Coins of lower value are the silver-coloured 50p, 20p, 10p and 5p pieces, and the copper-coloured 2p and 1p pieces. All are round, except for the 50p and 20p pieces which have seven curved sides.
Coins are made at the Royal Mint. Paper notes (not bills), which have the Queen's head on one side and a famous person, e.g. Charles Dickens, on the other, are worth 5, 10, 20 or 50.