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January 9, 2013

UK rising: Coins of the realm


Wrote Shea Bennett (@Sheamus) on Twitter: "I'm British. I've lived in the UK all my life. Had no idea you could do this with our coins. Did you?"

Apparently not as he noted his tweet featuring the coins (top) had been retweeted 2,700 times (as of six hours ago).

Well, my British homies?

What say you?

The reason stuff like this enchants me is that not only is it in and of itself fascinating but also the fact that something so interesting can exist completely unremarked for so long by so many implies an entire universe bursting with unknown wonders — if only we can figure out a way to routinely step back from our normal acceptance of the world as it is to appreciate just how much more is right there in front of us, patiently biding its time, waiting to be grasped and embraced.

[via Rattlesnake Jake]

January 9, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink


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When they were first released it was publicised that this is how the new design worked. But I guess that is quite some years ago now. The presentation packs also make it clear:


Posted by: Cornish Bob | Jan 14, 2013 8:59:34 AM

I take that back!

They are the 2008 redesign... I found one of them in a pile, so there can't be that many in circulation compared to all the coins minted pre-2008.

Posted by: Fred | Jan 9, 2013 11:54:25 PM

BTW... those are not regular British coins. Maybe they are part of a limited-release commemorative set.

Posted by: Fred | Jan 9, 2013 11:49:23 PM

Take a look at the FedEx logo... see the arrow?

How about the Amazon logo... see the smile? It goes from where to where?

Posted by: Fred | Jan 9, 2013 8:58:52 PM

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