The 1849 Godless Florin
Older readers of this blog will remember the good old florin. This was a two shilling coin first introduced in 1849 which I can still remember as an old 10p. The original coin was a controversial one as it failed to include the letters DG on its obverse. These letters were found on every previous coin and are still on the currency. They stand for dei gratia, meaning 'by the grace of God'. In other words, our monarchs have only occupied the throne by God's kindness- an important lesson to all rulers.
The Victorian public of 1849 were quite correct.