New Pound Coin
I got one of the new Pound coins today. They’ve been in circulation for about a week. I didn’t go to any special lengths to get one I got it in my change at the bakers. I didn’t realise until I went to pay for something later because they don’t actually stand out that much from the old ones in a hand full of coins. The new pound coin is a very new and different design but oddly also the very similar. The physical dimensions and outer colour of the metal make them seem familiar.
12 sided design
This pound coin is a new 12 sided design with the edges slightly rounded. This has practical reasons in as much as it will roll into vending machines and parking meters. The rounded edges also means it not a too radical change side by side with the old coin.
The royal mint say it is the most secure coin in the world being the hardest to counterfeit. 12 sided makes this coin harder to copy. Bimetallic so made of two metals, gold coloured outer ring and silver in the middle.
The small section below Her Majesty the Queen is like a hologram that changes from a £ symbol to a 1. And micro lettering around the edge is very difficult to replicate. One side says one pound and the other has the year of production so 2016 for this one.
Also alternating milled and smooth edges are a feature. And apparently it has some hidden features too. Which will mean sawing it in half but I can’t do that on camera because to draw on or deface notes or destroy coins here is an offence. If you get caught you may get a fine, and if you put it on the internet you’re going to get caught.
The Royal Mint say about the coins features:
Bold new design – it also features a new design that shows the English rose, the Welsh leek, the Scottish thistle and the Northern Irish shamrock emerging from one stem within a royal coronet. A design created by David Pearce who won a public design competition aged only 15.
The fifth coinage portrait – the fifth coin portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, designed by Royal Mint coin designer Jody Clark, is featured on the coin.
The new 12-sided £1 coin’s dimensions
The new 12-sided £1 coin’s dimensions are different from the current round £1 coin.
Thickness: 2.8mm – it is thinner than the round £1 coin.
Weight: 8.75g – it is lighter than the round £1 coin.
Diameter: 23.43mm – it is slightly larger than the round £1 coin, the maximum diameter (point to point) is 23.43mm.
The new 12-sided £1 coin began circulation on 28th March 2017. The legal tender status of the round £1 coin will be withdrawn on 15th October 2017.
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