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Four banks to close in rural North Wales

HSBC is to close four of its branches in North Wales Credit: PA

Communities in North Wales are angry four branches of HSBC bank are to close in the area.

The Chirk, Ruabon, Menai Bridge and Amlwch branches are set to close by April.

It will mean bank customers will have to travel further or use 'pop up' banks or services in post offices.

There are concerns that despite alternative services being put in place, they will not always be readily available.

HSBC says it will work with customers to help them understand their options.

We never take the decision to close a branch lightly and we understand it's unsettling for the local community. Unfortunately, with an increase in the use of online and telephone banking over the past few years, the use of Chirk, Ruabon, Menai Bridge and Amlwch branches has fallen significantly and we've taken the difficult decision to close them.

We will be working with customers who use the branches to help them understand their options which include being able to use local post offices for their day-to-day banking and using ATMs.

– HSBC spokesperson


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.

Watch the full report here:


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.

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