UK's Royal Mint reveals
12-sided £1 coin


News: the UK's Royal Mint has unveiled a revised £1 coin with 12 sides, which it hopes will make the currency harder to forge.

The Royal Mint says it based the dodecagonal design on the threepenny piece used before the UK switched to the decimal system.

The coin features a bimetallic design similar to the current £2 coin and the mint claims it "will be the most secure circulating coin in the world to date".

New UK £1 coin

The new design will aim to reduce the amount of counterfeit versions produced of the current pound, which has been in circulation for over 30 years.

"The current £1 coin design is now more than thirty years old and it has become increasingly vulnerable to counterfeiting over time," said Adam Lawrence, chief executive of The Royal Mint. "It is our aim to identify and produce a pioneering new coin which helps to reduce the opportunities for counterfeiting."

A public design competition will be held at a later date to choose the design for the tails side before the coin is introduced in 2017.

Last week the United States Mint unveiled domed coins to commemorate 75 years of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

  • dwellsokc

    Nice coin. It seems the Brits still have some pride in their minting skills. (Unlike the US, who mints cheap-looking, no profile, junk.)

    • George Washington


  • cyranodesydney

    The Royal Mint is telling fibs. It’s not their design at all – as large format coinage, it’s a direct copy of the Australian 50 cent coin which was introduced in 1969 to help blind people distinguish between 50 cents and 20 cents. The 12-sided 50 cent coin continues to this day. So – credit where it’s due, please.

    • Erling Garriock

      The design isn’t the same, unless we’re crediting Australia for inventing the dodecagon?

  • cyranodesydney

    Well, yes. The first to apply it to coinage. But imitation is flattering so we’re flattered!

    • Nick

      That’s not true cyranodesydney. The UK’s “three old pence coin” was twelve-sided and produced in 1953, so cheers for the imitation, we are flattered. You even put our Queen’s head on it!

      • Erling Garriock

        Actually, the UK dodecagonal threepence was first designed and minted in 1937.

  • Nick

    Either way, my point still stands.