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Bye, Roundy


Six days. That’s how far I made it into Inktober. See, there was somewhere we had to be Friday and after that…screw it. Now you know why I’m a shitposter on the internet and not a famous artiste.

So. Anyhoo. They’re comin’ for the pound coin. Well, they’re phasing out the old “round pound” in favor of a new, harder-to-manufacture coin.

The old one was super easy to counterfeit. They think there might have been 30 million fakes in circulation, around 3% of the total.

The new one is twelve-sided, bi-metal and has a ‘hologram’ – faint ridges in the metal that spell out the £ symbol when viewed from a certain angle. They are said to be unfakable.

They, of course, have been faked already. Because, you know, you don’t need to reproduce that super-fancy hologram for a slug to pass painlessly into circulation. Still, it is harder.

In theory, shopkeepers will stop accepting them in a week. In practice, I’m still getting them in my change and lots of people think the deadline will mostly be ignored. Still, if you’ve got some coins lying around from your last trip to Old Blighty, you might want to dash over and spend ’em right quick.


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: October 9, 2017, 9:30 pm

Huh! I’m still mourning the loss of the pound note – the ten shilling note, if it comes to that!

Comment from p2
Time: October 9, 2017, 10:13 pm

i still have a couple bags of em….. used to have coin op electricity in the flats i rented in the 80s & would get 20 of them each payday to keep the lights & heat going. sometime between 86 & 89, they upped the coinage required from 50p to a quid….

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: October 9, 2017, 10:16 pm

Fake 1£ notes?

Well…. I have good news and bad news:

The good news is that apparently the coins thought counterfeit are indeed real.

The bad news is that apparently, according to the Royal Mint, they are just bad quality workmanship from careless manufacturing.


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: October 9, 2017, 10:50 pm

I have 2 5 pound note with the young queen. I tried to exchange them but was told I had to go to a special bank and i got lost and didnt want to waste my limited vacation time in London. Now you’re telling me I’m going to be stiffed on my 1 pound coins too????

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: October 9, 2017, 11:27 pm

“Don’t shoot! I’m Che!”
Ah, the last words of a REAL hero.

Right up there with

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: October 10, 2017, 12:53 am

Preparation for the harsh English winter, hedgehog style!

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: October 10, 2017, 1:22 am

Keep a few hundred of the old coins safe. In five hundred years they will be rare.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: October 10, 2017, 2:56 am

On my only trip to the U.K., I dropped all my leftover change into one of those charity boxes at the airport before my flight home. It was a lot too, because I never figured out the coins and broke a bill every time I bought something!

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: October 10, 2017, 3:23 am

Bury some in your yard, give some future person a thrill as they try to figure out why it’s there when they dig it up.

Do you suppose that’s why all those Roman coins keep showing up in English fields these days?
Old Tiberius Long Noseus was swapping coins out to be replaced with ones that had holograms of the Hippodrome visible if held at just the right angle? (No, silver is actually valuable, as opposed to the debased crap metals we use now….so.unh unh).

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: October 10, 2017, 5:00 pm

Haha, I like the burying idea. I have some old pounds and even some Deutsche marks from pre-EU travel. Keeping those for sure.

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