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Noodling A Complete Set Of UK Coins From Circulation

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 Posted 07/01/2022  08:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Collector28 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@Princetane Very well put. I have been really disappointed by the recent practices of The Royal Mint, especially in regard to the alphabet 10p coins. I started collecting at a very young age and it was still very much a feasible hobby back then - I was able to put together a complete set of circulating coins using just my pocket money. Sure, some were very hard to find and I had to nag people to look out for me, but I was able to get them all (including the Kew Gardens 50p). Nowadays, you simply cannot do that - there's no way you could hope to put together anywhere near a complete set without either having an enormous amount of money to buy them with, or by working in a bank (though even that probably wouldn't help for the alphabet 10ps as so many were hoovered up immediately).

I do not think that I would have started coin collecting if I'd been born a decade later.
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 Posted 07/02/2022  1:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add andyg to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
with regard to the 10p...
It was though the post offices.



Didn't work - bags of them were on ebay within the first week...

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 Posted 07/03/2022  3:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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That's because in 2018 and 2019 26 different designs of 10p coin were issued, with letters of the alphabet from A to Z...
Thank you for the background information.
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 Posted 07/03/2022  10:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Princetane to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes the Australians were not the first with that gimmick, but they did a WAY better job.

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 Posted 07/07/2022  2:47 pm  Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I made a significant find today - my first 2020 pound coin!


Updated statistics:

There are only 5 dates of pound coin in circulation, but there are two edge varieties for 2016. The more common type has a blank segment immediately under the 'N' of 'ONE' while the scarcer (but by no means rare) variety has a milled segment there.
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 Posted 07/07/2022  3:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add andyg to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What I'd never noticed until it was pointed out to me is the varying numbers of vertical lines in the hologram (under the portrait) - they seem to vary by year.
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 Posted 07/07/2022  4:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I made a significant find today - my first 2020 pound coin!
Fantastic!
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 Posted 07/23/2022  7:21 pm  Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Little update. Nothing much to report:

I've now found three 2020 1 coins. I got 30 in 50p coins from a bank I don't normally use when I was stuck in Canterbury for a couple of hours yesterday waiting for a bus (which never showed up, so I got the train home instead). There were only two commemorative 50p coins - a 2017 Tale of Peter Rabbit and a 2020 Brexit. I got six 2 coins in change from the vending machine at Canterbury train station and one was a commemorative - an Isambard Kingdom Brunel coin.
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 Posted 07/23/2022  9:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Princetane to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looking good, apart from those annoying Alphabet 10ps and a few early 50ps - its cut and dry. Imagine how boring a complete NZ coin noodle would be.

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 Posted 08/01/2022  1:59 pm  Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I went to the bank today and got 250 in 50p coins, 20 in 20p coins, 30 in 10p coins, 40 in 1 coins, 60 in 2 coins and 1 in pennies.

I was completely skunked with the 50p and 2 coins - not a single commemorative! It's fairly normal to get no commemoratives in 30 2 coins, but this is the first time I've ever had a bag of 500 50p coins with no commemoratives! I would have expected about 30 in a batch this size. I imagine I must have had someone's dump, but the coin distribution seemed fairly normal otherwise. I did find two of the scarce 2017 'shield' definitive coins, which are scarcer than many commemoratives!

The 1 and 20p coins held no surprises. The bag of pennies included only the third 2020 one I've ever seen, and there was a really nice 2001 that looked as if it had come straight from the Mint. Surprisingly, there was not a single 1971 penny. This is the first time I've sorted through a bag of 100 pennies and not found one!

The 10p coins were more interesting! I tried to get more but they could only let me have 30 worth. I was very surprised and delighted to find two 2019 Alphabet coins - a C for Cricket and an X for X Marks the Spot. There were several 2020s and 2021s.


Coins I am still looking for:
1p: 1981
10p: 2018 Alphabet A-S and U-Z. 2019 Alphabet: A, B, D-L, N-W, Y, Z.
20p: 1992 small head variety, 2020 (plus 2008 undated error mule)
50p. 2009 Kew Gardens, 2012 Olympics Football, Rowing and Tennis, 2020 Shield(?), 2022 Jubilee
2. 2002 Commonwealth Games (4 types), 2012 Olympic Handover, 2013 London Transport logo.
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 Posted 08/01/2022  2:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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The 10p coins were more interesting! I tried to get more but they could only let me have 30 worth. I was very surprised and delighted to find two 2019 Alphabet coins - a C for Cricket and an X for X Marks the Spot.
Excellent!
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 Posted 09/01/2022  09:28 am  Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I went to the bank a few days ago and they had no 50p's!
So instead I got some 2 coins, 20p's, 10p's and pennies.
It's the first time I've ever got a 100 sack of 10p coins:

I finished sorting through the coins today. It took a long time, despite assistance from Pablo:

By and large it was all a bit disappointing.

The 10p's were a weird selection, with a much higher than usual proportion of pre-2011 cupro-nickel coins. There were no alphabet coins but I did snag a couple of additions for my collection: a 2004 Falklands 10p and a 2001 Croatian 2 kune! I also found a 1998 Falklands 10p and a 2000 Gibraltar.

The 20p's produced one addition to my collection - a 2016 Jersey.

The 2 coins included a reasonable mix of commemoratives but nothing rare.

The 1p coins contained nothing exceptional - but I did get the last coin I needed to complete a set of 1p coins from circulation - 1981. What's more, it was virtually Uncirculated with lots of lustre!

Updated progress report:

Note that the Jersey 5p in the above picture was found on the road by my local gas station yesterday!

Coins I am still looking for:
10p: 2018 Alphabet A-L, N-S and U-Z. 2019 Alphabet: A, B, D-L, N-W, Y, Z.
20p: 1992 small head variety, 2020 (plus 2008 undated error mule)
50p. 2009 Kew Gardens, 2012 Olympics Football, Rowing and Tennis, 2020 Shield(?), 2022 Jubilee (and Pride?)
2. 2002 Commonwealth Games (4 types), 2012 Olympic Handover, 2013 London Transport logo.
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 Posted 09/01/2022  10:39 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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The 10p's were a weird selection... I did snag a couple of additions for my collection: a 2004 Falklands 10p and a 2001 Croatian 2 kune! I also found a 1998 Falklands 10p and a 2000 Gibraltar... The 20p's produced one addition to my collection - a 2016 Jersey...
Not bad at all.


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The 2 coins included a reasonable mix of commemoratives but nothing rare.



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The 1p coins contained nothing exceptional - but I did get the last coin I needed to complete a set of 1p coins from circulation - 1981. What's more, it was virtually Uncirculated with lots of lustre!
Makes it worth it.

I was expecting worse, but I call it a modest success.
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 Posted 09/09/2022  02:55 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Princetane to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Pablo is gorgeous, seems you have the same luck there getting coins to sort as I do here!

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 Posted 09/09/2022  10:37 am  Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Pablo is gorgeous

He is lovely although searching through bags of coins becomes difficult when he lands on the desk at about 50 kilometres per hour...
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