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Royal Mint strikes final round pound coins

The last round pound coins have been struck at the Royal Mint in Llantrisant.

The round pound coin has been in circulation for more than 30 years. Credit: PA/Royal Mint

The round design has been in circulation since 1983, but it's being replaced by a new 12-sided coin coming into circulation in 2017. The new coin will be made using cutting edge technology to make it difficult to counterfeit.

Read more: New 12-sided £1 coin unveiled.

A competition was held to design the 'tails' side of the coin, which features a rose for England, a leek for Wales, a thistle for Scotland and a clover for Ireland.

The 'tails' side of the coin was designed by a teenager from Walsall. Credit: Royal Mint

Unlike the current round design, the new currency will have 12 sides, much like the old threepence piece last used in 1971.

Today the last old-style coins were struck at the Royal Mint in Llantrisant, and Alexandra Lodge went to take a look.

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Roman coins and medieval rings declared treasure

Credit: National Museum of Wales

A hoard of Roman silver coins and two medieval finger rings have been declared treasure.

The coins were discovered by detectorists in a field at Wick in the Vale of Glamorgan in December last year.

Credit: National Museum of Wales

The find comprises 91 Roman silver denarii (a day's pay) which were buried in a locally-made pot. The coins date from the period of Emperor Nero (AD 54-68) to Marcus Aurelius (161-80) and the latest coin was struck in 163-4.

Credit: National Museum of Wales

The two medieval rings were found in Llancarfan in the Vale of Glamorgan in December 2013.

The gold ring is thought to date from the late 1400's and the silver one from the 1100's.


Poorest areas 'will suffer most from tax credit cuts'

The poorest parts of the country will suffer most from the Government's tax credit cuts, according to a new study.

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The TUC says average losses are calculated for a year from next April when the cuts are due to come into force.

It says in Wales the loss will be just under £1,400. The biggest impact will be in Northern Ireland, where the average loss to claimants will be £1,480. Average losses in London will be £1,110.

This research makes clear that as well as making families suffer, the tax credit cuts will make regional inequalities worse. The households who will lose the most are those already in low-income areas. Instead of cuts that target the UK's lowest-paid communities, the Government should channel more support towards them.

– Frances O'Grady, TUC General Secretary
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