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PUBLISHED: 10:33 03 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 April 2017


New pound coin? It’s probably made of beef

It doesn’t seem that long ago I was writing about the new five pound note.

They were boasting of its technological advances, its fancy polymer and its see-through parts.

They said it would be the hardest note to fake but the only thing it will be remembered for is its meat content.

No one seems to know how but cows were used in the production of the new note.

I don’t get to feel as upset about that as a vegan, because I keep my notes in a leather wallet. But I was still surprised.

So I have been waiting to see what scandal will surround the new one pound coin that came out this week.

The dodecagonal coin is now legal tender and the same storyline happened.

We have heard from experts saying it’s a state-of-the-art lump of metal with its hologram effect on the front and its tiny writing that make it hard to fake.

Now we wait for the scandal.

They have laid the ground work with the Royal Mint saying there are extra security features inside the coin that they are not telling us about.

So we’re left to guess that the innards of this new coin are probably made of beef.

And to make things worse, they got the beef from a cheap supermarket so it’s actually horse.

I bet the coin is hollow. Or the metal in the middle is actually cheap imported steel from China, putting UK jobs at risk.

What else could the immoral security feature be?

They make the disc using the tallow from stray dogs they catch. That’s why it’s called a dog pound. Maybe.

The truth is, it’ll be the least forged pound because these days the pound is so weak there are no criminal gangs who can be bothered.

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