From 2017, we will be reverting to a twelve sided coin in our shrapnel and although in my opinion it will still only be worth thruppence pre decimalisation (Feb 1971) , it will bear the title of a Pound
Con Coin. (source)
I did a post on this a couple of years ago (here) and stand by my comments then about it playing havoc with
Car Park meters
to name just a few.
Our laundry here takes pound coins, but the one across the way takes 50p pieces. Both are £3 a wash and 20 minutes drying time for £1. For us, a week’s wash is usually a fiver.
The machine slots are those that you load and push in, so perhaps it will be a simple slider replacement. Or it could be that a token system will be introduced instead so that the cost of a wash and dry doesn’t go up to multiples of £2 coins and the marina doesn’t face the expense of modification to its machines.
Some of the supermarkets have scrapped their pound a trolley and tokens for the job ceased to be available a few years ago. I got caught with a Euro in my change and that fits the slot nicely, so it’s kept in the car and referred to as ‘our magic pound’.
Eventually though I can see our coinage dropped completely from circulation and our smallest denomination will be a five pound note.
It is rumoured they want us to be a cashless society, totally reliant on plastic cards (or whatever else they come up with) for payments, and what better way to accomplish this than taking away ‘change’.