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New coin recalls golden age of polygonal currency

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In agreeable news for those readers who can remember when it was all trees round here and you could get an enormous paper bagful of gobstoppers for thruppence, The Royal Mint has unveiled a decidedly retro 12-sided design for Blighty's £1 coin.

The proposed 12-sided pound coin. Pic: The Royal Mint

The mint reckons that a shocking 3 per cent of quid coins in circulation at present are fake, and the new design "utilises multiple layers of cutting edge technology and would allow the United Kingdom to rapidly reduce the rate of counterfeit coins entering general circulation".

The coinage will feature "two different coloured metals and contain an iSIS security feature", described as "a revolutionary new high security coinage currency system developed by The Royal Mint".

An edge view of the new pound coin. Pic: The Royal Mint

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osbourne, enthused: "I am particularly pleased that the coin will take a giant leap into the future, using cutting edge British technology while at the same time, paying tribute to the past in the 12-sided design of the iconic threepenny bit."

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The new quid will hit the streets in 2017, assuming vending machine manufacturers don't put the kibosh on it with an insupportable level of moaning about how it will cost £13bn to retrofit the UK's existing coin-gobblers to accommodate the new nugget.

As ever, the heads side will feature Her Maj, while the tails will be decided by a public competition. ®

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