Weight and Stuff Report – 9 January 2017

Down another wee bit today, how thrilling!

Talking of thrilling, UK readers should be aware that the £1 coin is being replaced by a fancy new  model this year. The new 12-sided coin (any resemblance to a pre-decimal “thruppeny bit” is entirely deliberate) featuring multiple security features[1] to make forgery more of a challenge[2]. I ordered the 2017 coin set from the Royal Mint so I could have one to look at before they go into circulation in March. And in case anyone wants to know, the old round pounds will be withdrawn by October, so if you’ve got a jar full of them, make sure to spend them or pay them into the bank in good time.

This is just a quick shot – I’ll try for a better one when I can set up the tripod and a better light, but it gives the general idea.

Funny Money

Funny Money

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/50s
Focal length: 60mm
ISO: 3200
Taken: 9 January, 2017

What you can’t see in this image, and indeed can’t see with the naked eye[3], is that the fine line just inside the rim actually has text on it – 2017 on each segment on the tails side and ONE POUND repeated on the heads side. The heads side also has a clever bit of engraving that shows £ from one side and 1 from the other.

[1] Including one they’re not telling us about
[2] Nobody’s silly enough to say it would be impossible, of course. Just difficult and expensive
[3] Unless you’ve got much better eyes than me

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