Royal Mint presses last batch of ‘round pound’ coins

Royal Mint coin press setter John Jones handles unminted one pound coins which will become some of the final coins to be produced in its circular shape. Picture: PA
Royal Mint coin press setter John Jones handles unminted one pound coins which will become some of the final coins to be produced in its circular shape. Picture: PA
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The last of the “round pound” coins are rolling off the presses in December, making way for their new-look replacement.

Replacing £1 notes, the coins were first launched on 21 April 1983 – the Queen’s birthday – and pound coins dating back to that year can still be found in people’s change today.

From early 2017, a new 12-sided £1 coin will be brought into circulation. More than 2.2 billion circulating round £1 coins have been struck.