New pound coin design is ridiculous

Apparently, according to at least three people I have spoken to, I am supposed to have an opinion on the design for the new pound coin.

Friday, 18th April 2014, 2:46 pm

I have. It looks ridiculous!

And it is a clear and striking example of what happens when things are designed by a committee with nothing better to do with their time.

When I first saw it, I had a quick check of the calendar to make sure it was not actually April 1st as it looked about as realistic as spaghetti growing on trees!

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Apparently, it will be harder to forge copies of the new design.

Not a good enough reason to fob us off with some more Toytown money as far as I am concerned.

Apparently, the three-year time span between the announcement and use of the new coin will give everyone the chance to prepare for it.

But why should supermarkets have to replace all the coin-operated systems on their trolleys, how much extra expense will there be for vending machine owners who find their current machines out-dated and what am I to do with my faithful old Help for Heroes trolley quid which, presumably, will no longer be worth the quid I spent on it?

Despite being a historian by nature, I can see no valid reason for raking up the past as far as currency is concerned and giving us a rebranded thrupenny bit to replace the £1 coin that has been around so long my old children have no memory of a pound note.

The 12-sided – dodecagon when I went to school – does not actually look any different to the current coin apart from the fact it has a load of corners rather than a rounded edge.

One of the people I spoke to recently said something about the pound being devalued again, not by the World Bank or some other such body, but by a design committee who really need to go to see an optician.

And having had the chance to weigh it up for a couple of weeks, I have come to the conclusion the design only really serves one purpose ... it might help me, with the aid of a spanner of the right size, get one of my friends to actually get some money out of his pocket when it is his round!