New pound coin Royal Mint feels the pressure as website overloaded with

first_imgThe Royal Mint has been overloaded with eager visitors to its website who want to find out about the new pound coin.The 12-sided coin enters circulation today so many people are trying to find out how to get hold of it.Visitors to the website have been put in a queue and have to wait until other people leave the page before they can see the information.A spokesman from the Royal Mint said: “We are experiencing quite a demand at present from people interested in the new £1 coin – both circulating and commemorative editions.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Shops will stop taking the old coins on Oct 15.The old £1 coins are being discontinued as they are too easily faked, says the Royal Mint.About one in 30 of the current £1 coins in circulation today are counterfeit. The Royal Mint has created a much more secure coin, making it harder to replicate.The new features include a hologram image on the coin, micro-lettering on the side and a “hidden high security feature” that the Royal Mint is not revealing.The coin is made of two metals and has a new design. The design is by David Pearce, who won a competition at the age of 15. It has the English rose, the Welsh leek, the Scottish thistle and the Northern Irish shamrock emerging from one stem within a royal coronet.last_img

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