The new £1 coin has 12 sides and on one side features an attractive design depicting the English rose, the Welsh leek, the Scottish thistle and the Northern Irish shamrock emerging from one stem within a royal coronet, while on the reverse is a portrait of HM The Queen

Rest assured East Devon’s car park ticket machines have been updated to accept Royal Mint’s new 12-sided £1 coin design

It’s very shiny, has a hologram and is super secure. Yes, Royal Mint’s newly minted highly distinctive £1 coin, which made its arrival on 28 March 2017, is now officially in circulation. Among its many design attributes ,the new 12-sided £1 coin has a hidden high security feature that make it more difficult to counterfeit, which is reassuring news as the previous round £1 had become vulnerable to sophisticated counterfeiters.

Customers using East Devon District Council’s pay and display car parks will also be reassured to know that all the council’s car park ticket machines have been updated and will accept new £1 coins, as well as the old round ones, while both are legal tender. £1 coins are used extensively by East Devon’s customers – in 2016 the council processed over 2,800,000 £1 coins from its pay and display ticket machines.

The old style £1 will be officially withdrawn from circulation on 15 October 2017 and the Royal Mint is encouraging people to use their coins or return them to their bank before then, as from that date shops, as well as the council’s car park ticket machines, will no longer accept them. When the October deadline has been reached the old £1 coin option on East Devon’s ticket machine validators will be turned off.

The 12-sided shape of the new coin makes it instantly recognisable, both visually and even by touch. It’s a beautifully crafted bi-metal design with an outer gold coloured nickel-brass ring and a silver coloured nickel-plated alloy inner ring. It’s also thinner and lighter than the former round £1 coin.

The United Kingdom’s heritage is reflected in the new design, which on one side depicts the English rose, the Welsh leek, the Scottish thistle and the Northern Irish shamrock emerging from one stem within a royal coronet. This was created by David Pearce who won a public design competition at the age of 15.

On the reverse side is the fifth coin portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, designed by Royal Mint coin designer Jody Clark.

Any queries about the use of the new £1 coin should be directed to East Devon District Council’s car parking service who can be contacted on 01395 571780 or carparks@eastdevon.gov.uk