£170m round pound piggy banks alert

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY TOM BEASLEY

MORE than 170 mil­lion round pounds are stashed in kids’ piggy banks just three days be­fore they go out of use, a sur­vey shows.

They are among 500 mil­lion of the old coins still in cir­cu­la­tion.

A third of par­ents ad­mit­ted that ei­ther they or their chil­dren did not know they could not be used af­ter Sun­day.

And 6% even said they had no plans to spend or ex­change their re­main­ing round pounds.

In March the new hardto-forge 12-sided £1 coin fea­tur­ing a holo­gram was in­tro­duced.

Around 45 mil­lion old pounds, 3% of those in use, are be­lieved coun­ter­feit.

Tesco, Ice­land and Pound­land have said they will ac­cept old coins beyond the cut-off date.

GO­ING OUT Old £1 coin

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