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over, only for the recipient to query it as “foreign” or a forgery. Now I know that back in April all the national newspapers, the TV, the radio, numerous websites, etc., carried a great deal of information on the new designs. It was big news (at least for a few days) and yet it has, it seems, passed many people by. One can hardly blame the Royal Mint for people’s ignorance—the launch in April and subsequent coverage proved that—but with so many different designs out there, so many different coins in use, quite legitimately, is it any wonder that the general public don’t really know much about what should and what shouldn’t be in their pockets and purses? There is no easy answer of course. Take away the option for the Mint to design new coins and a large part of our hobby will suffer. Organise large scale education campaigns telling people what to look out for and accusations of wasting public money will inevitably follow. Something must be done though, to have a populace ignorant of their own coinage is, quite frankly, appalling. Unfortunately as more and more people turn away from cash it is a situation I fear will only get worse.