A last minute clear out at home turned up a final few round pound coins which cease being legal tender after today (Sunday 15 October 2017) on the UK High Street.
According to the Poundland website:
“As the deadline looms for Brits to empty their pockets and homes of the much-loved round £1 coins, Poundland has … announced that it will be the first retailer in the country to accept the old coins after they are taken out of circulation on 15 October.”
“With the Royal Mint estimating there is £500m still in circulation, over 850 Poundland stores up and down the country will accept the old pound coins as part of its ‘Legal Tender Extender’ initiative until 31 October 2017 – more than two weeks beyond any other retailer.”
“… Poundland shoppers with old coins stashed in piggy banks or down the side of the sofas will be quids in. In fact, they will be able to conveniently shop and purchase 3,000-plus products at the high street retailer for an extra two-weeks rather than having to join the expected long queues in banks or post offices over coming weeks.”
For gamers and scrap modellers, Poundland offers lots of interesting possibilities such as their £1 garden range (stones, willow sticks etc) but most importantly on their small toy selection in store.
One of the things that I will save my last few old round pound coins for are the excellent £1 tubs of 100 small plastic soldiers. I should be able to add a few hundred more into the rainy day spares box for future use or conversion.
Throughout my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, you will see reference to these figures, most recently used in a Poundland crafting video:
The figures are shown in more details in this blogpost
and shown in action as space marine and alien figures with my travelling games kit:
To me they are the cheapest figures around, almost the new ‘Spencer Smith Miniatures’ or very limited Airfix figures, but ones with lots of conversion potential. I am working on several conversion projects with these figures such as Tribal Warriors or Pathans that I will soon show on this blog.
The Poundland tubs or bags are also 1/3 to 1/4 of the price of buying these figures online.
Hurry – only two weeks left to spend those last old round pounds!
Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN, for Pound Store Plastic Warriors, 15 September 2017.