british coins today

19 Sep

london 6.32pm 19.4C clear saturday 2015

i have lived here in london and used the coins everyday but never realise they spell out the shield when laid out in the way shown in this post by ya ma donkey. it is interesting.

though all that made me take a look at the coins i got  and found two £1 coins with different backs designs. both showing bridges. and they dont have any latin words on the rims. i hope they are real, ie not counterfeit coins.

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3 Responses to “british coins today”

  1. Paul Sunday September 20, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

    What you have is the new coin (middle) that shows the shield (the shield is made up of the four nations of the UK, England, Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland)
    Either side at the top are older versions of the £1 coin and have things that relate to the Nations (Dragon = Wales, Thistles and Crown = Scotland)
    The bottom two coins are probably specially commissioned ones and the bridge on the left looks like the bridge in Bristol, while the other looks like Wembley Stadium. Both are legal coins however the bottom right “Wembley” coin looks like it MAY be counterfeit because it looks like its not printed central and is worn away. Usually a counterfeit £1 coin will feel noticeably lighter in your hand compared to a real coin. It could just be that its been worn down against something. Either way most shops will still take it if you try to spend it as its hard to spot a counterfeit unless you have something to compare it with and there are not that many counterfeit coins in circulation (I have only seen 2 or 3 in years and years of handling cash from customers).

    • alifesgayventure Sunday September 20, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

      many thanks paul for the info. i got rid of those two ‘bridge’ coins. the tesco machine took it without any quibble. i have known the machines to refuse coins, and then u have to rub the edges against the machine before the machine will take them. (do you know why that makes the machine take them?)
      i think that ‘wembley’ coin depicts the gateshead millenium bridge in newcastle. i wonder if these coins have collectors added value. i am surprised that u say there are not many counterfeit £1 coins. they say u can tell from the sharpness of the latin inscription on the edges. that is why i am suspicious of the bridge coins, there are no latin inscriptions on their edges.
      yours is the first that i heard that the fakes are lighter. i have a feeling that the banks will take the coins fake or not, and just remove the fakes rather than penalise the traders when they bank those coins. it wont do to have everyone refuse to accept £coins or cast doubts on them. that is why no sales person bothers to check the £ coins, they all accept them. they just make sure they are not foreign coins. i forgot which country has a coin that looks very much like the £ coin. i had times when i was given them and did not check and got fooled.

      • Paul Sunday September 20, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

        No idea why machines don’t take them, sometimes it is because their £1 coin slot is full, other times it is based on the weight and size of the coin as to whether its accepted, but never heard about rubbing them.

        The coin you may want to look out for the most is the £2 coin. There is a story about these coins that could be urban legend, could be true, that if you find a £2 coin where the queen is wearing a necklace, then its worth anything from £20 – £200 (the legend varies in price) and at one time the Bank’s did for a short time accept these coins and pay more than face value for them. (My mother managed to exchange 4 of them at a bank and was awarded £10 for each of them way back in 2002.)
        They are not as rare and as uncommon as led to believe (I have 20 of them) and it is always worth checking to see if you have one and considering keeping them aside. Even if the urban legend isn’t true you are saving up money for a rainy day, but also because it could end up a self-fulfilling prophecy because anyone that finds one tends to keep them or cash them into the bank and end up not in circulation, making them rarer and therefore more valuable to collectors.

        Whether they do end up worth value on eBay or not, it is always a buzz when you find one of them in your loose change.

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