The Original Check Your Change

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Welcome to the original ‘Check Your Change’. Your comprehensive guide to Britain’s circulating coins (plus all other decimal coins right back to 1968) and Bank of England bank notes.

100s of pages of information, conveniently and logically organised and smart phone friendly!

People have been checking their change with the help of ‘Check Your Change’ for 51 years! The Original Check Your Change is now online and more interactive than ever before.

In the early days it was the Pounds, Shillings and Pence that people were checking. These had served as the coinage of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland for over 1000 years. The UK switched to a fully decimal system (i.e. 100 pennies to the pound instead of the previous 240 pennies or 20 shillings to the pound) in 1971. Forty-five years and a good two or three generations later and anyone under 50 is unlikely to be familiar with anything other than decimal coinage.

Use this website to be able to quickly see what decimal coins were made, the history and information behind the events, mintage numbers and the Rotographic collectability scale. Significant new issues (with the emphasis on standard coinage rather than precious metal issues) and other related decimal coins developments will be added here.

This website is produced in conjunction with the UK’s most comprehensive book on decimal coinage (which is available in printed and eBook format) “Collectors’ Coins – Decimal Issues of the United Kingdom“. The book contains all the information on this website, plus a lot more, including price data for all circulation coins and current Bank of England bank notes as well as information on the special proof issues in all metals.

Problems with the site or any gremlins, please report to info@rotographic.com.

Impossible New £1 Found in Change.

By on 27th November 2016

A man from the Midlands found this 2016 dated new 12-sided £1 coin in his change today (7th November)! He was also recently in Devon and isn’t sure when or where he received it.

Some vending machine company’s do have them for final testing, but they are strictly forbidden to even show pictures of them, let alone spend them! Officially they are due to be circulated in March 2017.

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New 2015 Royal Navy Coin

By on 25th October 2016

As of October 2016 (a year late) the 2015 Royal Navy coin is appearing in circulation. As suspected, it bears the 5th portrait of the Queen, making it distinctly different to the Royal Navy coins that were included in the

10 Things you may not know about current UK coins

By on 12th October 2016

Here are some details of not very widely known varieties concerning current UK coinage (more info can be found on the site): 1. There are varieties of 1p coin that concern the type of rivets on the Portcullis shown on

Fake Britannia £2 missing ‘TWO POUNDS’

By on 30th September 2016

Coming to light in recent weeks are these fake Britannia £2 coins which probably originate in China and have so far been found only in South Wales. They have an odd shiny, almost proof-like appearance and have no date on them.

2015 Britannia £2 incorrect alignment

By on 22nd September 2016

  Originally thought to be a one-off, but now a few have come to light (currently 10 or more). This is a newly discovered 2015 Britannia £2 coin error that concerns die alignment. Normally all modern British coins are aligned such

Now Including Bank Notes

By on 11th September 2016

Current Bank of England bank note information has now been added to the site. It can be accessed from the menu option on each page, or from here.