February 15, 2017 at 5:57 pm #236889
The GrocerParticipantOracle<b>UK money is changing</b><b> </b>
Are you a coin hoarder? If so, this is a huge warning. Empty your piggybanks, upend your coin jars, scrabble behind the sofa and get all your pound coins together – then spend or save ’em before October.
The new 12-sided £1 coin is being rolled out next month, and the current round version will stop being legal tender (and so won’t be accepted in shops) on 15 October. After that, if you still have any old £1 coins, you won’t be able to spend them.
This might sound obvious, and of course, you’ve a few months left yet to sort it. But with piggy banks and coin jars it’s easy to squirrel money away and forget all about it – which is why it’s worth sorting now.
Many banks and building societies have told us they will continue to accept deposits of the old pound coin even after 15 October.
But all those we asked, including Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds/Bank of Scotland, Nationwide, RBS and Santander, said they’d only do this for their own customers. So if you’re left holding old pound coins after they stop being legal tender and your bank won’t play ball, opening a new account with a different provider may be the only solution.
In any event, carting a bag of coins to the bank is likely to be a real faff – so it’s much better simply to spend or save them now.
If you’re saving for something specific though, don’t feel this warning means you need to abandon your piggybank savings plan. Simply take the pound coins out and replace them with a note or other coins of a similar value – then keep on saving…
What about old fivers – aren’t they also being scrapped?
That’s right. The shiny new plastic fivers are already in circulation, and the older, larger fiver is leaving us even sooner than the pound – the withdrawal date’s set for 5 May.
Now technically, unlike the pound coin, the £5 banknote is produced by the Bank of England and not the Royal Mint. This means that, even after it’s been scrapped, the old fiver is covered by what’s effectively a Bank of England ‘buy back guarantee’ – old banknotes officially hold their face value “for all time”.
That means if you are stuck with an old fiver after 5 May, you can still exchange it at face value with the Bank of England in London, in person or by post (at your own risk). What’s more, while they’re under no obligation to do so, many banks and building societies say they will accept the old fivers from their own customers.
But in practice, sorting it after 5 May will be a hassle. So if you can, check if you’ve got any old fivers (though you’re probably less likely to have a stash of them than old pound coins) and use them while you’re able to.
Here’s a timetable of all the forthcoming currency changes:<h5>How notes and coins are changing</h5>
DATE EVENT 28 MARCH 2017 New ’12-sided’ £1 coin in circulation 5 MAY 2017 Old ‘non-polymer’ £5 note withdrawn 15 OCTOBER 2017 Old £1 coin withdrawn SUMMER 2017 (DATE TBC) New polymer £10 note launched 2020 (DATE TBC) New polymer £20 note launched
February 18, 2017 at 12:30 pm #236892
March 31, 2017 at 6:54 pm #236918
Is it even legal to “phase-out” currency that quick?
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