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.

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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.

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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!

  1. Craig Bailey on November 6, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    After your appearance on Breakfast 0n 3rd October did you sell any of your £1 coins, or did your friends / associates?

  2. calendars4kids on October 20, 2017 at 11:03 am

    As many companies are still accepting them, I’m encouraging people to use them to buy Advent calendars to donate to their local food bank. 😊🎄

  3. michael on October 18, 2017 at 5:45 am

    I am still using a rucksack bought in Poundland over 20 year`s ago.

  4. Tim Mander on October 14, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    My lasting memory of the £1 coin has been this week. My son-in-law has been saving his coins for 16 years. With the demise of the round pound he has dug them out for sorting, counting and bagging. Currently £2,000 and still counting (but only a few less common ones and no rarities!). Off to the bank tomorrow!! #RoundPoundMemories

  5. Byron Brown on October 13, 2017 at 9:04 pm


    My son does a paper round and every week he would come home with his bag of pound coins and I would ask him if I could look through and see if he had any to add to my collection. On one particular Saturday I was going through his pounds and found an Edinburgh £1 coin, £10 later it was mine. I had been well and truly fleeced. Then to make matters worse I was shopping in Tescos 2 days later and found one in my self service change. I stood there laughing into the change compartment at this £1 coin staring at me!

  6. Julie Jones on October 10, 2017 at 7:41 am


    Being woken by a phone call in the early hours of the morning by my excited 19 year old son who couldnt wait until the morning to tell me he had been given an Edinburgh £1 coin in his change in the pub and had kept it for me

  7. benjibrown83 on October 9, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    I was jumping up and down like I’d won the world cup when I got the 1988 crowned shield £1 coin in my change at the local newsagents, this was the last coin I needed to complete my collection. the newsagent owner must of thought that I was crazy but he didn’t know how much it meant to me that I had just completed my collection. I literally ran all the way home to put it in my folder and look at my complete set of £1 coins. I still smile when I think back to that moment.

  8. Lannie Lona on October 9, 2017 at 10:20 pm


    When I was a kid, a pub that we used to visit had so many chairs and rooms. The owner would lend me a torch to check underneath all the seats and if I was to find any money, they would let me keep it. One time, under the chairs, I found six round pounds…being a little child with a big imagination, this seemed like a hidden treasure to me, and I will always remember finding all kinds of coins and forever being grateful for such an exciting opportunity!

  9. Les Kent on October 9, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    In 2012 I had collected every Every £1 to date including the Edinburgh in my first collection of £1
    coins with all the edge inscriptions the right way up, BUT I wanted to add a second Edinbough £1 coin to my second collection with all the edge inscriptions upside down so whilst shopping in my local market there was a chap there who sold bits and bobs for the home and also some coins
    I noticed he had an edinburgh £1 for sale but he wanted £12 for it 3 time the price at that time
    so I told him he ws too expensive and walked away, well my wife could not find any bin bags in the local shops so I told her this guy sold them so we went back to the stall and bought a roll of bags
    gave the assistant a £10 note and got the change only to find that one of the £1 coins was an Edinburgh and to top it all was the upside down inscription Iwas looking for.
    Happy days.

  10. Darren Miller on October 9, 2017 at 12:48 pm


    When I was on my stag do in 2012 I was given two Edinburgh £1 coins in my change at a pub on our first day. I needed one for my collections I I put one away in my wallet and the other in my pocket to spend. Needless to say somewhere along the alcohol fuelled weekend I had misplaced not one but both of them. (Probably spent them in a bar somewhere. Knowing what they are worth now makes me feel sick that I had 2 and have them away. I had to buy it back as I never got another one but am happy that I completed my collection at last.

  11. Steve Hobson on October 9, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    My £1.00 memories is I collected all issued to my delight but soon dashed as I found that some coins had a different head on so collection not complete, back to the search and I think I now have every coin, not long left to find out otherwise

  12. Guernseyboy on October 8, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Round pound memories is this year about march I was at work woking train station platform 4 when one of my rare 2014 floral coin fell out of a holder round my neck I froze to watch it roll over the edge and on to the track that it I’ll never c it again my mate said he get back so he got the line block also a train re platformed passanger moning just so I get my round pound coin back and he did get it back don’t no how he did it when he gave to me I was shocked I kiss the coin Lott s I no its mad it kiss a coin so p s don’t forget round pound Finnish 2359 next Sunday bye

  13. Christopher rolling on October 8, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    My best memory was i put my last pound coin on a football bet and one £35 pound.£30 in notes & £5 in one pound coins on my way home I gave the £5 coins to a homeless man he broke down in tears I’ll never forget that moment

    • Christopher rolling on October 8, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      Good man

  14. Ian Hay on October 8, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    The best purchase I ever managed to get for just ‘one round pound’ was a beautiful solid oak table (brand new) from Home Bargains. At the time I shared it on HotUKDeals and it garnered much attention: I don’t think I will ever find anything else this great for just £1.

  15. jason pugh on October 8, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    My dad gave me a pound in the mid 80s when the shop on the corner of our street sold jelly teddy bears at 1p for three. So i bought a £1 worth and ended up with 300 teddy bears. I ate the whole lot and was sick all night. My dad said that will teach you for being greedy.
    I done the same the following weekend. Leason was NOT learnt! A pound in the 80s was an amazing coin.THE GOOD OLD DAYS.
    I now have the full collection including the last pound coin from the royal mint.
    just a big thanks to change checker for helping me over the years to know which coins to collect.

  16. Barry Wilshaw on October 8, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    2 years to find the Cardiff coin to finish my £1 collection then I found two in the same week

  17. Angela on October 8, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    My favourite thing about the round pound coin was once, that’s all I had before pay day, so decided to buy a lottery ticket with it, I was so glad I did as I then won £100 with it, and that lasted me well beyond my pay day, so a massive thanks to that £1 coin.

  18. Adam Sullivan on October 8, 2017 at 11:53 am

    When using the change checker app the last round pound I needed to complete the set of 24 was in fact my birth year coin ironically enough! The 1994 lion rampant. A kind woman emailed me when I had used the swap section on the app and sent me the coin free of charge just to help out a fellow coin collector! #RoundPoundMemories

  19. Robin Gibson on October 8, 2017 at 11:19 am

    I went shopping to my local supermarket and found I did not have a pound coin for the shopping trolley, I stood there wondering what to do when a lovely old lady came across and offered me a coin to use as I only had a 2 pound coin I convinced her to accept it in return. I did my shopping and when I took the pound coin out I saw that it was the only one in my collection that I needed (Cardiff) I was over the moon and have always remembered that lovely lady? 2 pound well spent.

  20. John Cook on October 8, 2017 at 10:03 am

    My most memorable round £1 moment happened when shopping with my grandson at our local M supermarket. He noticed that someone had left their trolley unattended in the supermarket car park – with a coin left in. He claimed it but it was Norther Ireland Flax design which I needed. There was a rapid switch round needed to keep him quiet. ❗️

  21. Cheryl on October 8, 2017 at 9:02 am

    When i was younger i used to get £1 pocket money. I would try n save mine but my older brother used to trick me and say his 50p was worth more because it was bigger so id swap.