Leftover Currency Blog

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How to spot a fake £2 pound coin?

Would you be able to spot a fake 2 pound coin? Here are some handy tips and tricks to identify whether that £2 coin in your change is genuine or a counterfeit...

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Old £1 pound coins: Worthless or not?

From 15 October 2017 the old £1 pound coins will no longer be legal tender in the UK. Does this mean that your old £1 coins will be worthless? Or are there still ways to exchange them? You sent us many questions about the old £1 pound coins in your piggy banks. We sent your questions to all UK high street banks, the Post Office, the Royal Mint and the Bank of England. Here are the answers ...

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What could be the currency of an independent Scotland?

The Scottish Parliament will soon debate about whether to hold a second Scottish independence referendum or not. It's far from certain if the so-called 'Indyref2' will go ahead, and even less that the eventual outcome will be a vote for independence. But in the event of a Scottish 'Yes' vote, what could be the currency of an independent Scotland ...

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Is it legal to melt coins?

We've all heard of it: the metal content of coins can be worth more than the face value. Melt a penny and earn two pence for the copper. But is it legal to melt coins? And is it worth it...

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