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The new coin has a number of features that make it much more difficult to counterfeit.

12-sidedits distinctive shape makes it instantly recognisable, even by touch.

Bimetallicit is made of two metals. The outer ring is gold coloured (nickel-brass) and the inner ring is silver coloured (nickel-plated alloy).

Latent image it has an image like a hologram that changes from a ‘£’ symbol to the number '1' when the coin is seen from different angles.

Micro-lettering  it has very small lettering on the lower inside rim on both sides of the coin. One pound on the obverse “heads” side and the year of production on the reverse “tails” side, for example 2016 or 2017.

Milled edges it has grooves on alternate sides.

Hidden high security feature a high security feature is built into the coin to protect it from counterfeiting in the future.

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The coin’s design reflects the United Kingdom’s heritage and superb craftsmanship.

Made by The Royal Mint the coin is produced by The Royal Mint using cutting-edge technology developed on its site in South Wales.

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. This was created by David Pearce who won a public design competition at the age of 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.

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The new 12-sided £1 coin’s dimensions are different from the 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.

Why replace the £1 coin?

The round £1 coin has been replaced for the first time in over thirty years because of its vulnerability to sophisticated counterfeiters.

Approximately one in thirty round £1 coins in circulation was a counterfeit. 

We introduced a new, highly secure coin on 28 March 2017 to reduce the costs of counterfeits to businesses and the taxpayer.

For more information on how to identify counterfeits of the round £1 coin please click here http://www.royalmint.com/discover/uk-coins/counterfeit-one-pound-coins

How will it affect me?

The new 12-sided £1 coin was introduced into circulation on 28th March 2017. 

Businesses across the UK have upgraded their machines to accept the new £1 coin. Some businesses waited until July 2017 when there were more new £1 coins in circulation than round £1 coins. Please talk to the equipment owner if you have any questions.

The legal tender status of the round £1 coin was withdrawn at 23.59 on Sunday 15th October 2017.  From this date shops and businesses should no longer accept these coins, but you can still take them to your bank or donate them.

How will it affect my business?

All businesses which handle cash needed to prepare for the:

  • introduction of the new £1 coin;
  • co-circulation period, when the new £1 coin and the old £ coin were in circulation at the same time; and
  • demonetisation, when the current £1 coin is no longer legal tender.

Important dates

October 2016 to 27 March 2017

Preparing for the new £1 coin

  • check whether you operate equipment that handles the £1 coin

 

  • contact your equipment supplier to find out if you need adaptations or replacements and by when. 

 

  • make the changes to your coin handling equipment.

 

  • train your staff on the features of the new £1 coin.

 

  • consider any changes to your cash handling processes e.g. counting, storing and banking during the co-circulation period.

28 March to 15 October 2017

Co-circulation period

  • you can accept both coins from your customers but please encourage your customers to spend round £1 coins first.

 

  • to enable banks to process your coins please return your round and new £1 coins in separate bags. When possible bank round £1 coins first. If you are not intending to bank round £1 coins until October you should contact your bank now to make arrangements. Please visit the FAQs section of this website for more details. 

 

  • your equipment may be able to accept or dispense both £1 coins or just one. Please check with your equipment suppliers and upgrade your equipment.

 

  • you will need to tell your customers which coins your equipment can accept.

 

 

16 October 2017 onwards

Demonetisation

  • you are under no obligation to accept the round £1 coin from your customers and you should not distribute the round £1 coin. Please update your staff on what they need to do.

 

  • all your round £1 coins should have been banked. However, the round £1 coin can continue to be deposited into a customer’s account at most high street banks and the Post Office*.

 

  • all your coin handling equipment should be able to accept the new £1 coin. If your equipment continues to accept round £1 coins then you may be at risk of being targeted with counterfeit coins.

 

*check with your bank for more details, including deposit limits.

 

 

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Need more information?

For more information about the new £1 coin please email newonepoundcoin@royalmint.com or register your details. We will not pass your details on to third parties.

Frequently Asked Questions

General Interest

Yes, the legal tender status of the round £1 coin was removed on Sunday 15th October 2017. You can no longer spend your round £1 coins.

Although you cannot spend your round £1 coins after the 15th October, they can continue to be deposited into a customer’s account, either business or personal, at most High Street Banks including RBS, NatWest, Ulster, HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds, Santander, Nationwide, Clydesdale, Yorkshire Bank, Halifax, Bank of Scotland and The Post Office.   It may be possible to exchange round £1 coins at these banks and the Post Office provided you hold an account with them. Specific arrangements may vary from bank to bank, including deposit limits.  It is recommended that you consult with your bank directly.

You can also donate any remaining round pounds to charity. We have joined forces with BBC Children in Need for Pudsey’s Round Pound Countdown. For more details visit: https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/pudseys-round-pound-countdown 

Yes. Industry has had a number of years to prepare for the upgrade. Many businesses have worked hard to ensure their machines are ready to accept payments using the new £1 coin. However, this is a significant task and not every machine was ready on the day of introduction. Businesses are being encouraged to let their customers know how they are able to make payments.

Retailers are free to accept any form of payment whether legal tender* or otherwise. Businesses told us they wanted certainty on a cut-off date, which is why we introduced the October 15 deadline.  The small minority of businesses who choose to keep accepting the old coin will have to make their own arrangements with their banks.

*Legal tender has a very narrow and technical meaning in the settlement of debts. It means that a debtor cannot successfully be sued for non-payment if he pays into court in legal tender. It does not mean that any ordinary transaction has to take place in legal tender or only within the amount denominated by the legislation.

Although you can continue to deposit round £1 coins at your bank currently, timings and deposit limits may vary from bank to bank.  Please consult your bank directly.

The round £1 coin has been replaced for the first time in over thirty years because of its vulnerability to sophisticated counterfeiters.  Approximately one in thirty £1 coins in circulation was a counterfeit. We introduced a new, highly secure coin to reduce the costs of counterfeits to businesses and the taxpayer.

The new coin has a number of features that make it much more difficult to counterfeit, including:

  • 12-sided - its distinctive shape makes it instantly recognisable, even by touch;
  • Bimetallic - it is made of two metals. The outer ring is gold coloured (nickel-brass) and the inner ring is silver coloured (nickel-plated alloy);
  • Latent image – it has an image like a hologram that changes from a ‘£’ symbol to the number '1' when the coin is seen from different angles;
  • Micro-lettering - it has very small lettering on the lower inside rim on both sides of the coin;
  • Milled edges - it has grooves on alternate sides; and
  • Hidden high security feature – A high security feature is built into the coin to protect it from counterfeiting in the future.

The round £1 coins are sent to The Royal Mint via cash centres across the United Kingdom. As much of the nickel-brass material as possible is re-used for manufacturing the new £1 coin. Any excess metal is disposed of through our usual secure channels for scrap coin and materials.

No coin is counterfeit proof. The features that have been included in the new £1 coin ensure the highest available levels of security are in place presenting a significant barrier to counterfeiters. For the first time, the High Security Feature developed by The Royal Mint means 100% accurate automatic recognition is possible on a genuine or counterfeit coin.

The reverse side of the coin the ‘tails’ shows the English rose, the Welsh leek, the Scottish thistle and the Northern Irish shamrock emerging from one stem within a royal coronet. This was designed by David Pearce. David won a public design competition, of over 6,000 entries, at the age of 15. This was adapted by professional artist David Lawrence.

The fifth coin portrait of Her Majesty the Queen is featured on the coin’s ‘heads’ side. It was designed by Royal Mint coin designer Jody Clark.  Jody is the first Royal Mint engraver to be chosen to create a royal coinage portrait in over 100 years. His design was selected from a number of anonymous submissions to a design competition.

The new £1 coins are produced by The Royal Mint in Llantrisant, South Wales.

The Royal Mint has consulted with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to assess any impact for the visually impaired in relation to identifying the new £1 coin. User testing showed that the 12 sides of the new £1 coin and the milled edges made it easier to identify.  

From the launch of the new £1 coin, the round £1 coin was withdrawn from circulation as the new £1 coin was introduced.  Following the six-month co-circulation period, the legal tender status of the round £1 coin has been withdrawn.  For the definition of legal tender click here.

This website has a poster and a two minute video which outlines the key features of the new £1 coin and where on the coin you would expect to see them.

With time, all coins show signs of ageing. Various terms are used to describe this process such as tarnishing, discolouring and toning.  It is a natural process, although the speed at which it progresses depends largely on the environment in which the coins are kept. We’d like to reassure you that they can continue to be used.

Unfortunately, we have observed a number of coins with separated and reversed inners and outers for sale on online auction sites. Our belief is that these have been deliberately manipulated and would remind people that breaking up a UK coin is illegal under the Coinage Act 1971.

The Royal Mint produces around five billion coins each year, and will be striking around 1.5bn new £1 coins.

As you would expect we have tight quality controls in place throughout the production process.

It is expected that due to the high volumes and speed of production variances will always occur in a small number of coins, particularly in the striking process. We’d like to reassure you that they can continue to be used.

If you still have concerns and would like us to take a closer look please email an image of your coin to newonepoundcoin@royalmint.com.

The location of the milling on the sides of the coin is non-specific, so the milled edge can be in a different position in relation to the features of the coin.

Using counterfeit coins is illegal. If you have a counterfeit or suspect that a coin may be a counterfeit, please hand it in to your local police station.

Business and Retailers

If you have not already prepared for the end of the round £1 coin, you should:

  • Contact your bank or cash-in-transit provider to make arrangements to bank any remaining round £1 coins ;
  • Remind staff not to give the round pound in customers’ change;
  • Upgrade your equipment to accommodate the new £1 coin and to stop accepting or dispensing the round £1 coin. If you do not, you risk being targeted by round £1 counterfeiters; and
  • Use www.thenewpoundcoin.com if you require additional information.

To enable banks to process your coins please return any remaining round pounds and 12-sided £1 coins in separate bags.  For most companies, who make £20 deposits, that will mean separating the old and new coins in the usual clear bags. If you are depositing coins in bulk (£500) the round £1 coins should be in red bags and the new 12-sided £1 coins in purple ones. Your bank can advise you.

The Royal Mint and HM Treasury have been consulting with industry for a number of years, including organisations in the cash services industry, coin handling equipment manufacturers and representative organisations and individual companies in sectors with high cash transactions e.g. retail, transport and leisure industries.

The Royal Mint has made samples of the new £1 coin available to manufacturers and operators of coin handling equipment for the testing, development and implementation of equipment upgrades. Operators of coin handling equipment can view a list of manufacturers who have received samples from The Royal Mint here.

Coin handling equipment includes vending machines, trolleys, parking machines, gaming machines, photo booths, lockers, self-service checkouts and any other machine that weighs, counts, checks, sorts, accepts or dispenses £1 coins.

Please contact your manufacturer or supplier to find out if you need adaptations or replacements to your coin handling equipment.

Operators of coin handling equipment should engage with their manufacturers or suppliers as quickly as possible to identify when any upgrades can be implemented.

The Royal Mint has been working collaboratively with key industries and businesses to ensure a smooth transition for a number of years.  As part of the business communications campaign, information is available at www.thenewpoundcoin.com to assist business owners with the end of legal tender status for the round pound.

Further Information

Further information about the new £1 coin is available at www.thenewpoundcoin.com. If you have any further queries please email newonepoundcoin@royalmint.com.

The Bank of England holds responsibility for the issuance of banknotes in England and Wales. You can find out more about the new Bank of England polymer notes at http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes.

Information about Scottish and Northern Ireland banknotes is available from Association of Commercial Banknote Issuers (ACBI) at http://www.acbi.org.uk and the Committee of Scottish Bankers (CSCB) at http://www.scotbanks.org.uk/polymer_banknotes.php.

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