Today is the day the brand new pound coin enters circulation, and currency nerds everywhere are excited. Which means us.
If you're itching to get your hands on one, here's the list of the places the Royal Mint says will have them straight away:
- CLYDESDALE 1 Queens Cross, AB15 4XU
- POST OFFICE 27 Northgate Street, BA1 1AJ
- BANK OF IRELAND 4 – 8 High Street, BT1 5LR
- ULSTER BANK 11 – 16 Donegall Square East, BT1 5UB
- LLOYDS BANK 36/38 New Street, B2 4LP
- POST OFFICE 1 Pinfold Street, B2 4AA
- BARCLAYS St Davids Centre, CF10 2DP
- LLOYDS BANK 31 Queen Street, CF10 2AG
- HSBC 15 Churchill Way, CF10 2HD
- BARCLAYS 10-15 Princes Street, EH2 2AN
- RBS 36 St Andrew Square, EH2 2AD
- CLYDESDALE 83 George Street, EH2 3ES
- POST OFFICE 40 Frederick Street, EH2 1EY
- BANK OF SCOTLAND 167-201 Argyle Street, G2 8BU
- CLYDESDALE 30 St Vincent St, G1 2HL
- NATWEST Leeds City Centre 8 Park Row, LS1 5HD
- YORKSHIRE BANK 94 - 96 Briggate, LS1 6NP
- NATWEST 22 Castle Street, L2 0UP
- BARCLAYS 2 Churchill Place, E14 5RB
- NATWEST 1 Princes Street, EC2R 8BP
- HALIFAX 33 Old Broad Street, EC2N 1HZ
- POST OFFICE 24/28 William IV Street, WC2N 4DL
- HSBC 103 Station Road, Edgware, HA8 7J
- SANTANDER 2 Triton Square, NW1 3AN
- SANTANDER 164-167 Tottenham Court Rd, W1T 7JE
- SANTANDER 57 Streatham High Rd, SW16 1PN
- BARCLAYS 86-88 Market Street, M1 1PD
- NATWEST 182 Deansgate, M3 3LY
- POST OFFICE 26 Spring Gardens, M2 1BB
- HSBC 2-4 Saint Anne’s Square, M2 7HD
- NATWEST 16 Northumberland Street, NE1 7EL
- SANTANDER 106-108 High Street, ME10 4PP
- POST OFFICE 22 Lendal, YO1 8DA
They'll start diffusing into circulation immediately, which means you should start getting them in your change soon.
Old pound coins are still legal tender until the 15th of October, so you've got until then to empty out your change bottle. After that, shops won't accept them anymore, but your bank will.
The thinner, lighter new pound coin has 12 sides and is apparently the "most secure coin in the world." It was introduced because since the original pound coin's introduction in 1983 (yes, it's that new – before that it was pound notes), fakes have proliferated to the point that we needed something better. One in 30 pound coins is a fake.
There's (way) more information on the new coin at the Royal Mint's site, TheNewPoundCoin.com.