Round Pound Memories

The Round Pound has been in circulation for 34 years but sadly those days are coming to an end. At midnight on Sunday 15th October the Round Pound will be demonetised and cease to be legal tender.

The Round Pound is demonetised this week

So, to celebrate this icon of British history, we want to know your favourite Round Pound Memories. These memories can be anything: good, bad, funny but hopefully nostalgic. For example:

  • Where did you find your first Edinburgh City?
  • Did somebody lend you a Round Pound when you needed it most?
  • What’s the best thing you’ve ever bought for just £1?

We’ve got 50 Gold Plated Participant’s Medals to give away to those who share the best #RoundPoundMemories.

We have 50 Gold Plated Participant’s Medals to giveaway!

You have until midnight on Sunday 15th October to share your #RoundPoundMemories.

You can post your memories as a comment on this blog or any of our social media channels, using the #RoundPoundMemories.

We hope you enjoy your trip down memory lane!

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Change Checker Live Coin Swap

We’re hosting our second Live Coin Swap on Saturday 21st October at The Oracle Shopping Centre in Reading, Berkshire from 10am – 4pm.

We’ve had lots of reports from Change Checkers who are struggling to complete their 2016 Beatrix Potter sets, so we’ve decided to help.

You’ll be able to swap ANY 50p coin for either the 2016 Petter Rabbit 50p, the 2016 Beatrix Potter 50p or the 2016 Squirrel Nutkin 50p coin.

You can swap ANY 50p coin for either the 2016 Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin or Beatrix Potter 50p coin

Plus you’ll get the 2016 Beatrix Potter collector pack absolutely free, so you’ll have space to add the rest of the coins when you find them.

This time we’ll also be retailing some of our most popular products including the Change Checker Collectors Album, The 2017 Beatrix Potter 50p collectors pack and the very popular Change Checker ‘Phonescope’ and Microscope.

The Oracle

The Oracle is one of the premier shopping centres in the Thames Valley. We’ll be located on Level 2 outside House of Fraser and near to the Riverside entrance – marked as L1 on the map.

You can find us on Level 2, marked as L1 on the map

For those travelling by car the two main car parks are:  Holy Brook Car Park: RG1 2LR, Bridge Street and The Riverside Car Park: RG1 2AG, Mill Lane

If travelling by train, the Oracle is a short walk from the Station and there’s good park and ride services if travelling by bus.

The Oracle is in the centre of Reading, a short walk from the train station

The full address is: The Oracle Shopping Centre, Reading, RG1 2AG

Can I swap more than one coin?

Such is the popularity of our Live Coin Swaps and to ensure that it is fair for everybody, we’ll be limiting the number of swaps to 1 coin per person.

Will you be doing any more Live Coin Swaps?

That’s the plan! We looked at all your comments and determined that Reading would be a good location for our second event.

We will be holding more Live Coin Swaps in the future and the plan is to visit a different area of the country each time, giving as many people as possible the opportunity to attend.

Can I bring other coins in my collection for you to take a look at?

You are very welcome to bring along other coins in your collection and if there is time we’d be happy to take a look at them for you. We expect the event to be very busy so we apologise in advance if you have a short wait.


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A Jane Austen £10 note has just sold for 720 times its face value!

Held today at Spink and Son Ltd in London, the Jane Austen Polymer £10 note charity auction raised a fantastic £260,900! 

Proceeds from the sale will be donated to three charities: Candelighters, Haven House Children’s Hospice and Macmillan Cancer support.

Which notes sold for the most money?

The lowest serial numbered note, AA01 000010 sold for a huge £7,200, over double the guide price!

The lowest serial numbered note sold for £7,200

In comparison, the lowest polymer £5 note AA01 000017 sold for £4,150 at last year’s auction.

Other notes that fetched a handsome sum were AA01 000011 and AA01 000014, selling for £5,200 and £3,500 respectively.

The lot that sold for the most was a sheet of 54 consecutively numbered £10 notes, fetching an incredible £13,500.

A sheet of 54 consecutively numbered notes sold for £13,500

Finally, consecutive notes AA01 000999/001000 sold for £4,800.

Such was the popularity of this auction, every one of the 122 lots sold for more that the guide price, in many cases double.

Did any Change Checkers manage to win a note at the charity auction? If so, we’d love to hear.

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