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In the UK for the first time in 40 years there will be new coins

April 3 2008
12:25

In Britain, a new design of coins from one pence to one pound, which will be included in the treatment of this summer. The face of all British coins at the same time change the first time in 40 years. The last time the Royal Mint has developed new money for the reform in 1971 after the transition from imperial to decimal currency system. The Royal Mint, whose headquarters are now located at Wales town of Llantrisant, announced the winner of the competition on the design of new British coins. Them was 26-year-old Welshman Matthew Dent, who spoke with an unusual idea. He proposed to combine a single coin motif, which became the emblem of the British royal family. Coat of Arms is depicted on the reverse of coins of one pound sterling. If there is a certain way six small British coins in denominations of one, two, five, ten, 20 and 50 pence, then inflicted upon them fragments of the coat of arms also come together in a single image, like a puzzle, a puzzle. Metal, of which the new coins will remain unchanged - one and two pence will be minted from copper-clad steel, 5 -, 10 -, 20 - and 50-pence - a copper-nickel alloy, 1 pound - from an alloy of nickel and brass . The design of coins in denominations of two pounds sterling decided to leave unchanged, the more so because these coins often are available in versions of commemorative to mark the various events. The coin will continue to consist of two parts - an inner copper-nickel and nickel alloy rim and brass. The obverse of the new coins will be as before, a portrait of British monarch, in this case, Queen Elizabeth II. But here's another famous female character - a symbol of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, leading its story of a pagan goddess - with British coins will disappear. For centuries, Britain in the long robe, wearing a helmet and with a scepter, is depicted on British money. Recently, her image can be seen on the 50-pence coins. After the start of circulation of new British coins of the old signs still pay will remain in circulation, but with time they will become available to numismatists, RIA-Novosti.

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