An 11-year-old schoolgirl was refused entry on a bus in Staffordshire after she tried to pay her fare with an old £1, one week before the coin ceases to be legal tender.
Armani Taasse had been given £1.50 by her mum to catch her usual number 16 bus to school at 8am yesterday.
But Armani, of Bucknall, Staffordshire, was left standing by the side of Werrington Road after not being allowed to travel on the bus.
Now transport operator D&G has apologised for the 'misunderstanding'.
Armani has been left 'upset and 'embarrassed' following the incident.
She managed to get to school on time after calling her nan for a lift. She said:
Mum Janice Taasse has complained to D&G.
The round £1 coin will no longer be legal tender from Monday. About 1.2 billion of the old coins have so far been returned - but an estimated 500 million are still in circulation.