New Pound Coin Will Increase Cost Of Parking Says Graham Hill

Friday, 2. May 2014

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Whilst catching up on some of the stranger things to come out of the budget I noticed that the pound coin is about to change. Well when I say ‘about’ I mean in 2017 when it will be launched. I have seen the design and if you are as old as me you will immediately think of the thrupney piece.

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It’s the usual bronze colour but it has 12 sides and has been described by the Rotal Mint as the most secure in the world. However the new design comes at a cost as all vending machines will have to be modified at a cost. According to the British Parking Association, the cost to local authorities of the modification to their parking metres will be £50 million alone.

However, they also said that this will give the authorities the opportunity to upgrade their machines to also accept credit/debit cards at the same time. The move has been instigated by the Treasury because 4% of all £1 coins in circulation are counterfeit and this is already costing local authorities a fortune as banks refuse to accept them.

Personally I’m confused as I can’t see that making the £1 coin 12 sided makes it any less capable of being replicated. If there was some hidden ingredient in the metal that made it detectable I could understand it but it’s a lump of metal that has either been stamped out or forged (that’s metal forged not as in illegally forged – oh you know what I mean).

Royal Mint X Mirai Suenaga

Royal Mint X Mirai Suenaga (Photo credit: Danny Choo)

So I can’t see how it will stop the crooks? Obviously the Royal Mint knows more about these things than me! By Graham Hill

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