Britain’s New Coin…

Thanks to John Howland for the following update on the forthcoming new £1-coin.  Now if we could only get the American public to use dollars coins….

The Ultimate Coin?

John Howland

John Howland

By spring of 2017 Britain’s current £1-coin will have undergone a facelift; a coin the Royal Mint is confident enough to brand it as the ‘most secure coin in the world’ – a counterfeiter’s nightmare.

The new £1-coin will have a number of features making it virtually counterfeit free. Departing from the current circular design, the new coin is 12-sided, a distinctive shape that makes it instantly recognisable even by touch. It’s also bimetallic – made of two metals. The outer ring is gold coloured (nickel-brass) and the inner ring is silver coloured (nickel-plated alloy) similar to the current £2-coin.


It’s Latent image – like a hologram changes from a ‘£’ symbol to the number ‘1’ when the coin is viewed from different angles. On the lower inside rim on both sides of the coin features micro-lettering: One pound on the obverse ‘heads’ side and the year of production on the reverse ‘tails’ side; for example, 2016 or 2017. The coins’ milled edges have grooves on alternate sides and a hidden high security feature is built into the coin to protect it from counterfeiting in the future. The new UK £1-coin is scheduled to enter circulation in March 2017, and The Royal Mint will produce 1.5 billion of them.

The coin’s final specification and method of introduction followed a ten-week public consultation period which looked at the physical and material characteristics of the coin, as well as the parameters for the transition. Her Majesty’s Treasury and The Royal Mint are continuing to work with industry to introduce the new coin in a manageable way. Vending machines, slot machines and parking ticket machines will all have to be adapted to take the new coins. To view the government’s published consultation response please visit the below link.

The new 12-sided £1-coin’s dimensions differ slightly from the current round £1-coins.

The new coins will be thinner and lighter; with a thickness of 2.8mm and the weight reduced to 8.75g. The diameter however, at 23.43mm, is slightly larger than the current £1-coins; the maximum diameter (point to point) is 23.43mm.

In metal detecting terms, the increased diameter means most metal detectors will be able to locate them at slightly greater depths – especially on beaches. Currently, £1-coins register at ‘77’ on the Garrett ATPro International.

NB My thanks to the Royal Mint for allowing the use of the photograph of the new £1 coin. For more information, visit their website at 


Winter Draws On

If like me you’re undaunted by the depths of winter, then you’ll also know there’s little more warming than a decent hot drink après hunt as a reviver. My favourite cockle-warmer is a teaspoon of Bovril in a mug of boiling water into which is poured a generous measure of medium/dry sherry. The equivalent measures can be made in a thermos.

Contrary to popular belief (a falsehood put about by Stouty) I never drink alcohol while out hunting – it lowers the body’s temperature after the initial ‘warming’ rush. Nevertheless, back at home after the hunt it’s a vastly different story; two-fingers (vertical) of Jura, feet-up, by the fire.

Now part of the Unilever Group their website ( gives a brief history of this superb product: –

Bovril has been exported to countries around the world for many years. As well as expatriates looking for a taste of home in countries like France and Spain, Bovril is extremely popular in Malaysia, Singapore and China where generations of people have grown up with the iconic British drink.


Way back in 1871, Napoleon ordered a million cans of beef for his hungry army. A Scot, John Lawson Johnston, rose to the challenge with his invention “Johnston’s Fluid Beef”. This was renamed Bovril back in 1886, and so the beefy drink we know and love was born.

16 years later, on Christmas Day of 1902, and far, far away near the South Pole, Captain Scott and Ernest Shackleton supped on a cup of Bovril after a chilling four-hour march.

By 1909, it wasn’t just explorers and soldiers that took strength from Bovril – hundreds and thousands of football supporters up and down the country were gulping down steaming hot cups of Bovril. In fact, by this time, Bovril was so popular with Brits that an electric advertising sign was erected in London’s Piccadilly Circus.

By 1968, the Bovril empire owned Argentinean beef ranches that totalled the equivalent to half the size of England. Production was also moved from London to its current home in Burton on Trent.

Today, Bovril is as popular as ever, providing three and a half million jars of strength every year to Brits in need.




“There’s one way to find out if a man is honest – ask him. If he says, ‘Yes,’ you know he is a crook.”…….Groucho Marx



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8 responses to “Britain’s New Coin…

  1. Coin25

    The new Pound coin looks like a winner, terrific design and features. Good luck in finding them next year. Over hear there are all kinds of new designs on our coins (cents, nickles and quarters) and my opinion is that they don’t register similar ID numbers as the older versions.

    Bovril with Sherry sounds like a hearty warm up drink for the cold days, enjoy!

  2. Hi Coin:
    I’m also given to understand that a mug of Bovril with a hefty shot of sherry therein, is or was, standard Royal Navy issue to all crew on deck or lookout duties when north of the Arctic Circle.

    Give it a go….it’s brilliant.

  3. Ey up John, good post although I can’t stand the stuff blurghhh. It’s a bit like marmite, you either love it or you hate it!
    Must be nearly time now for some winter storms and a beach session, I have not been for a long while now.

  4. Hello Andy:

    We’ve had some on-shore blows recently and they did the work nicely by ripping the beach to pieces and throwing up some nice pieces.
    Good hunting!

  5. I wonder if the problem of counterfit coins is the same as with counterfit bills. I assume that the value of the metal content of the British pound and its manufacturing cost are far less than the denominational value of the coin. But even so, why would I counterfit 1 pound coins when I can counterfit 20 pound notes for a higher return on my effort. (not that I can counterfit either one. I have enough trouble coming up with real money)

    • Sorry Pulltab I’m too far along now to quit…..

    • I believe they do counterfeit notes but it is much more difficult because of the security marks especially on the new notes which are being slowly drafted in now, they are also made of plastic 🙂

    • Hi Pulltab:
      The current £1 coin is easily counterfieted and thousands of them have been struck in a lead alloy compound. They are crudely finished and easily spotted in daylight, but in nightclubs etc, would fool most people. Bournemouth’s nightime economy is a perfect place to get rid of them.
      Of the hundreds of ‘oners’ I’ve found on the beaches, I’ve yet to find a fake.

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