New Pound Coin Available 28th March

New Pound Coin

What are the key dates ?

28 March – The new £1 coin is introduced into circulation.

28 March to 15 October – The co-circulation period where both coins will be in circulation. We will be encouraging the public to spend their round £1 coins or to deposit them at their banks.

15 October – At midnight, the old round pound will no longer be legal tender. The old round £1 coins can be exchanged at customers banks and Post Offices.

Why is the £1 coin being replaced?

The current £1 coin is being replaced for the first time in over thirty years because of its vulnerability to sophisticated counterfeiters.

We are introducing a new, highly secure coin on 28 March 2017 to reduce the costs of counterfeits to businesses and the taxpayer.


Facts and stats

  • 1 in 30 £1 coins in circulation are counterfeit
  • 45 million counterfeit £1 coins are currently in circulation
  • 2 million counterfeits are removed from circulation every year
  • Some of the round £1 coins returned by the public will be melted down and reused to make the new £1 coin.
  • The Royal Mint will make over 1.5 billion of the new £1 coins.
  • The Royal Mint has produced over 2.2 billion round pound coins since 1983 – that’s the same weight as nearly 6,000 elephants.
  • 25 different designs have appeared on the current pound coin from dragons to trees.
  • If you put all the new £1 coins side by side, there would be enough to go from the UK to New Zealand and back.
  • Each days production of new £1 coins would be taller than Mount Everest if they were stacked on top of each other.
  • The Royal Mint began production of the new £1 coin in 2016 so you will find new £1 coins with both the 2016 and 2017 date.