The UK Unveils Its New "High Tech" 12-Sided £1 Coin

November 2, 2016


This is the United Kingdom's new "high tech" £1 coin, designed to prevent counterfeiting (it's estimated 1 in 30 of the £1 coins currently in circulation are counterfeit). It has twelve sides (milled and stamped on alternate edges), micro-lettering on the borders of both sides ('ONE POUND' on the front and the year of minting on the back), a latent image on the front that shows '£' and '1' when viewed from different angles, and, the real kicker, "a hidden high security feature built into the coin to prevent counterfeiting in the future." Obviously, it's some sort of RFID tag or tracking device so the government can keep tabs on you. And where better to keep tabs on a person than in the pocket, right next to their cell phone and privates? Man...the government secrets my nuts could tell. "WASH US." Oh shut up, you're not a dirty car.

Keep going for a shot of the back (complete with telltale illuminati symbols) and a video about the new coin.


Thanks to Gabe, who only believes in barter systems.

  • Winfried Schulz

    Apparently there will be a new £2 and a new 50p as well.

  • David Bass

    wheres the chocolate?

  • Elak Swindell

    I definitely want one for my collection. :)

  • Natty Nat Travan

    This is pretty is much a Australian 50c coin!

  • Draco Basileus

    "...and it magnetically adheres to the undercarriage of Blofeld's Rolls Royce and can be remotely detonated at 100 meters. Any questions, Mr. Bond?"

  • GeneralDisorder

    So... this probably isn't the place but the US should do what other countries do. For starters... stop making new pennies. The US has already retired currency denominations. The half cent coin was retired in 1857. Adjusting for inflation the half penny was worth far more than the penny is now. By inflation alone and using half penny as a guide we should have retired the penny in roughly the 1970s. The nickel is pretty close to the adjusted value of the half penny in 1857. So we should retire that too.

    And... since people have a fucking coin fetish we should retire the dollar bill, make smaller 50 cent pieces that people would be willing to carry around, retire the $2 bill, and then we'll still have 5 coins to work with.

    On a related note I tried to spend dollar coins at WalMart and the cashier didn't know what it was. Idiot.

  • Fred

    American currency is a bit of a mindfuck. I didn't know a $2 note existed until I saw a checkout woman at Walmart arguing with a guy because she was convinced it was fake. It still confuses me that ten cent coins are tiny and thin but 5 cent coins are big and heavy. I've never even seen a half dollar coin and only ever got a dollar coin once.

    Then again we have 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2 coins, rare illusive collectors £5 coins, £1 notes only in the Channel Islands and Scottish notes which everyone is scared of... so I don't know that ours makes any more sense.

  • GeneralDisorder

    There are roughly 4 somewhat recent still-circulating iterations of dollar coins. And 50 cent pieces exist and are legal tender. And weigh as much as my entire wallet.

    The recently minted dollar coins in the us are:

    Susan B. Anthony dollar minted from 1979 to 1981 then again in 1999... for some reason.

    Sacagewea Dollar minted from 2000 to 2016

    3 different "Native American" coins from 2009 to 2012

    Presidential Dollars minted from 2007 to 2016

    Also... There's the American Silver Eagle (tender value of $1 but contains around $25 worth of silver) minted from 1986 to present day. Those aren't circulated and aren't mass minted. But they exist and if you had an in with the federal reserve or mint you could get your hands on silver coins for $1 each.

  • Xockszky

    A few years ago, Canada retired the penny because it cost more to make than it was worth. Now, when you pay for cash, it's rounded to the nearest 1 or 5, although if you pay with debit, it's not rounded.
    It seemed crazy to abandon the penny, but realistically, it's a good idea. After all, like you said, the half penny in the US was retired for the same reason.
    Dollar coins take some getting used to; you end up with more change, and I think that's what puts Americans off $1 coins... personally, I could go either way. Especially with the new polymer bills.

  • Winfried Schulz

    Anyone else getting a D&D vibe from the UK government? The nerds will inherit the earth!
    I did get a good bit of info from this site a few days ago about the new coin.

  • Deksam

    Looks like a hybrid of Canada's Loonie and Toonie.
    The day the Toonie came out, you knew the price of candy in a vending machine just doubled.

    Someone must still be saying "long live the queen," Because Charles must be getting anxious to finally get his face on any coin. I think she it the longest living monarchy in history.

  • Jon

    "The Queen surpassed her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, to become the longest-lived British monarch in December 2007, and the longest-reigning British monarch on 9 September 2015.[168] She was celebrated in Canada as the "longest-reigning sovereign in Canada's modern era".[169] (King Louis XIV of France reigned over part of Canada for longer.)[170] She is also the longest-reigning queen regnant in history,[171] and the world's oldest reigning monarch. She became the longest-serving current head of state following the death of Bhumibol Adulyadej on 13 October 2016.[172][173]"

    Still short of longest reigning in history though.

  • Deksam

    Iiii.... Stand corrected...

  • MustacheHam

    I need this in my coin collection, such elegance, such security, oh my!
    Hobbies can be fun. :3

  • Cheese

    I'll sell you one for £149.

  • EmperorXenol

    when they start entering circulation I'll send you one - £150 sound fair?

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