As if the old coins aren’t causing enough problems, the British vending machine industry next has to content with the new
counterfeit-resistance one pound coins. Björn Schöpe published this article in CoinsWeekly on January 29, 2015. -Editor
It has been announced as the safest coin of the world: Great Britain’s forthcoming £1 coin. The only safe thing to say until now is that the
industry will face eight-figure costs. Because all machines in the UK which accept coins must be modified: estimated 450,000 vending machines,
100,000 parking machines, 60,000 payphones, and even the shopping trolleys in the supermarkets.
The last time such an effort had to be undertaken was in 2012 when new 5 and 10 pence pieces were introduced. Then, according to the Automatic
Vending Association (AVA) the association spent £25 million for adapting all machines. Today it may cost even more, the sum of £50 million was
mentioned. The Royal Mint, though, expects the costs to be clearly lower ranging between £15 to £20 million.
Additionally, in 2012 the industry deplored that the requested conversion had to be undertaken at a short notification. This time, however, a
longer transition period of three years has been deliberately conceded.
On their website the association welcomes the introduction of a new and safer coin demanding a close cooperation between The Mint, The Treasury,
and the industry in order to ensure a shift as smooth as possible.
The new £1 coin is scheduled to be put into circulation in 2017. The coin will have a 12-sided shape like the former 3 pence piece. But, above
all, the hightech coin will contain cutting-edge security features. This was imperative because approximately 3 per cent of all £1 coins currently in
circulation are considered to be fake.
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Vending machine industry will pay dearly for new British coin
Wayne Homren, Editor
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