Seven new pennies

Not liking the new British coins all that much, I have to say.

Apart from the fact they look a lot like the cardboard money that I used to have in my toy cash register many years ago, they don't look very friendly to tourists who might have little or no English, and/or just bad eyesight. I'd have thought the first rule of currency design would be to use biggish numbers, not just (in some cases, tiny) words?

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As a child in Scotland, some 40 years ago, I remember the excitement from the appearance of the "new money". I looked at the designs on the web and watched the Royal Mint's video and I am very impressed with the designs and the process.

I liked the 10 year roll-out of the US "state" quarters and I make a point of looking for new ones when I see a shiny quarter in change. (the last 5 state designs are due out this year)

The new UK coins are much more dramatic. I'm really impressed that the design came from an amateur through an open competition.

Posted by John J McLaughlin on April 05, 2008 at 06:52 AM GMT+00:00 #

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