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Old 13-12-2007, 21:30
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Hi there,

I've recieved a Gibraltar pound coin in my change today..

Can this be used in the UK as legal tender? It's a modern one with Queen Elizabeth, dated 2002, and looks like a normal pound coin but is ever so slightly thinner..

I'm not entirely sure which shop I got it from so I can't go back Just hoping I can use it..
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Old 13-12-2007, 21:32
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United Kingdom Dependent Territories, for example, the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Gibraltar have their own legislative and taxation systems and issue their own banknotes and coins. These, in common, with United Kingdom coins bear the portrait the Queen but they are only legal tender within the territory itself.
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Old 13-12-2007, 21:33
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I had one once and my local shop didn't take it.
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Old 13-12-2007, 21:34
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If you got it in the UK...why are you asking if it can be used in the UK?


I've used Gibralter coins regularly, usually get one every few weeks in my change.
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Old 13-12-2007, 21:34
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I had one once and my local shop didn't take it.
Ah shit. Looks like I'll just have to mix it with lots of change if I pay for something and hope.

Oh well..
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Old 13-12-2007, 21:35
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Use it in a vending machine.
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Old 13-12-2007, 21:35
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If you got it in the UK...why are you asking if it can be used in the UK?


I've used Gibralter coins regularly, usually get one every few weeks in my change.
Used in the UK (legally) without decieving the cashir!
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Old 13-12-2007, 21:39
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Used in the UK (legally) without decieving the cashir!
I see, well I think it'd be fine, after all it is Sterling and GIB is a crown territory.

I managed to spend a coin in Greggs that had been vandalised to have the Queen wearing a turban, they don't check coins very closely.
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Old 13-12-2007, 21:41
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I see, well I think it'd be fine, after all it is Sterling and GIB is a crown territory.

I managed to spend a coin in Greggs that had been vandalised to have the Queen wearing a turban, they don't check coins very closely.
haha

It's similar to a regular 1 coin.. but it's a tiny bit thinner, and doesn't have the engravings in the rim.. (you wouldn't have to look that closely to notice)
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Old 13-12-2007, 21:42
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I'd just use it in a vending machine/self scan till. They will probably take it.
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Old 13-12-2007, 21:43
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Any bank should change it for you.
I have changed Manx notes & coins many times with no problems without being charged any fee.
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Old 13-12-2007, 21:46
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United Kingdom Dependent Territories, for example, the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Gibraltar have their own legislative and taxation systems and issue their own banknotes and coins. These, in common, with United Kingdom coins bear the portrait the Queen but they are only legal tender within the territory itself.
Manx money (at least) is legal tender in the UK although most people tend not to accept it. Like another poster said it's easier to put it straight in the bank.
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Old 13-12-2007, 21:55
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You could really confuse the shopkeeper and hand over a mixture of Scottish, Northern Irish, Gibralterian and Manx money all in one transaction.
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Old 13-12-2007, 22:06
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Old 13-12-2007, 22:13
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Fruit machines, quiz machines etc...
The OP said they want to use it, not lose it.
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Old 13-12-2007, 22:13
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Hi there,

I've recieved a Gibraltar pound coin in my change today..

Can this be used in the UK as legal tender? It's a modern one with Queen Elizabeth, dated 2002, and looks like a normal pound coin but is ever so slightly thinner..

I'm not entirely sure which shop I got it from so I can't go back Just hoping I can use it..
Since most people don't even glance at 1.00 coins, I don't think you'll have any difficulty offloading it.

If you knew the number of fake 1.00 coins there were in circulation, you'd be shocked. I get at least one every couple of weeks. Being a coin collector I recognise them instantly. Yet no-one else ever seems to notice.
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Old 13-12-2007, 22:17
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No one will care - someone gave it to you after all. Stop being so trivial! The shop is unlikely to have it at the end of the day anyway!
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Old 13-12-2007, 22:24
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Car park machine? I was out with a friend once and they had inherited a fake pound coin at some point (obviously made of lead because it scratched so easily)
The car park meter happily accepted it, said thank you and duly spat out a ticket!
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Old 13-12-2007, 22:45
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Since most people don't even glance at 1.00 coins, I don't think you'll have any difficulty offloading it.

If you knew the number of fake 1.00 coins there were in circulation, you'd be shocked. I get at least one every couple of weeks. Being a coin collector I recognise them instantly. Yet no-one else ever seems to notice.
You can get fake 1 coins??

Whats the difference to ordinary pound coins?
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Old 13-12-2007, 23:11
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You can get fake 1 coins??
I had one once, went to buy some milk and handed over a 1 coin and the shop keeper said he could not accept it as it was fake. When he gave it back I noticed it was loosing its gold like colour.

That was about a year ago.

No idea where it came from, luckily the 5 note was alright
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Old 13-12-2007, 23:17
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You can offer chocolate coins for payment and if the seller accepts it then it's okay to spend. Legal Tender only means that someone _has_ to accept it in payment of a debt. I've never had problems spending Gib 1 coins and get them in change pretty regularly but a shop can refuse them so don't try spending them if that's the only cash you have.
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Old 14-12-2007, 02:57
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if it has the queens head on it then its legal tender in the uk and the shop must accept it
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Old 14-12-2007, 06:34
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See this link from the Royal Mint about whether the Gibralter 1.00 coin is legal tender in the UK.

From the link:-

Can I use coinage from United Kingdom Overseas Territories?

Policy responsibility for the issue of coins in United Kingdom Overseas Territory rests with the Government of the territory concerned. It is customary for the obverse side of such coins to bear a portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. In addition, some Overseas Territories issue coins with the same physical specification as United Kingdom coins.

The coins of Overseas Territories are legal tender within the territory concerned. These coins sometimes find their way into circulation within the United Kingdom, but they are not legal tender within this country.

The United Kingdom Overseas Territories include:

British Antarctic Territory
Bermuda
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
Falkland Islands
Gibraltar
St Helena and Dependencies (Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha)
Turk and Caicos Islands
Pitcairn Island
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
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Old 14-12-2007, 06:42
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Gibraltar 1 coins are not legal tender in the UK.
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Old 14-12-2007, 07:47
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It doesn't matter if it's legal tender or not - that's a largely legal term that is seldom used.

If a retailer wants to accept it, you can use it.
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