21 tips to complete your Great One Pound Coin Race


The Race is on… 

You’ve only got until 15 October to find all 24 circulating £1 coin designs.  And after the new 12-sided £1 Coin is released on 28 March, it will get harder as banks start to replace the £1 coins they receive with the new 12-sided £1 coin.

So that’s why we’ve put our heads together to give you 21 Top Tips to complete your Great One Pound Coin Race in time.

  1. Check your change drawer / change pot
  2. Ask friends and family
  3. Go to the bank and change notes to £1 coins
  4. Swap with the Change Checker web app – changechecker.org
  5. Befriend the local corner shop / launderette owner and ask them for their £1 coins
  6. Arcade / bingo change machines
  7. Pay with a note and round up with loose change to maximise your £1 coin change
  8. Look for Facebook swap groups
  9. Raid your children’s piggy banks (and replace them with notes!)
  10. Look for abandoned supermarket trolleysunknown-4
  11. Check down the back of the sofa
  12. Check old handbags
  13. Set up a lottery syndicate and collect the payments in round £1 coins
  14. Have a bake sale – everything a round £1 coin
  15. Offer to count up any collections and swap out the £1 coins for notes
  16. Car boot sale – everything is “One Round Pound”
  17. Pay car park charges in notes and receive the change in coins
  18. Check any tips your friends might be leaving at restaurants
  19. Always carry some £1 coins with you so you can swap any time you see a good one
  20. Check gym lockers
  21. Try to build a collection as a group – e.g. a school class – 30 Change Checkers are better than 1!

Win a Gold-plated Participant’s Medal


Do you have any more tips?

We’ll be giving away some special 24-Carat Gold Plated Great One Pound Coin Participant’s Medals to the best ideas.  Simply comment below with your top tip.


How to enter the Great One Pound Coin Race

If you haven’t started your Great One Pound Coin Race yet, it’s not too late.  Simply click here to enter today and you too could own a complete collection of £1 coins direct from your change before they’re gone for ever.

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184 Responses to 21 tips to complete your Great One Pound Coin Race

  1. Lee windell says:

    Protest against the royal mint destroying rare coins and get them to sell them on their site.

    • Fabriciano says:

      Lmao! I would blame them for trying to finding the coins that I need on eBay for over 20 quid each!! I nearly bought them for like two pounds each! But thanks to them I cannot afford them…

  2. Lee windell says:

    At the end of market day ask the vendors for their £1 coins . They normally have 100s at the end of the day.

  3. Lee windell says:

    Ask fellow car booters if you can change up their days takings.

  4. Lee windell says:

    Ask your teacher to look out for your missing coins on Non school uniform day where everyone brings £1

  5. Lee windell says:

    Ask friends and family who work in shops and pubs etc to keep an eye out for you.

  6. Lee windell says:

    Watch out for people winning on fruit machines and offer to change up the coins for them.

  7. Lee windell says:

    Leave a note and a list of coins needed at your local shop and as they find them they can change them for you.

  8. Lee windell says:

    Do a sponsored event for charity and change the coins for notes. I.e. NO TV for 1 day . NO games console for 1 day. NO chocolate. NO smoking etc

  9. Lee windell says:

    Offer to change up your neighbours/ friends / family piggy bank for notes to save them a trip to the bank.

  10. Lee windell says:

    Do a raffle with all your unwanted items . 1 round pound for 5 tickets

  11. Lee windell says:

    Offer to weed neighbours gardens for 1 round pound ( summer is coming and people want there gardens in order )

  12. Lee windell says:

    Do face painting for 1 round pound per face

  13. Lee windell says:

    Make crafts items and sell them for £1

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