Where to get the new 12-sided £1 coin in London: Eight "coin hubs" in the capital

 
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The Royal Mint To Introduce A New Pound Coin
The new £1 coin will help tackle counterfeits (Source: Getty)

The new 12-sided £1 coin will be launched today, but the Treasury has warned it might take some time for the public to get their hands on the new currency as it trickles down to each bank and retailer.

But there are a select number of "coin hubs" around the UK where you can pick one up as soon as they're released.

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Here's where Londoners can find the new £1 coin on Tuesday 28 March
Barclays, 2 Churchill Place, E14 5RB
Natwest, 1 Princes Street, EC2R 8BP
Halifax, 33 Old Broad Street, EC2N 1HZ
Post Office, 24/28 William IV Street, WC2N 4DL
HSBC, 103 Station Road, Edgware, HA8 7J
Santander, 2 Triton Square, NW1 3AN
Santander, 164-167 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7JE
Santander, 57 Streatham High Road, SW16 1PN

The new £1 coin is designed to be the most secure in the world, and the Royal Mint is churning out 2,000 coins a minute, or 3m a day, in preparation.

The Treasury has announced all old coins need to be spent by 15 October or returned to their bank so they can be melted down and reused.

The new coin is fitted with a hologram and a hidden "high security feature" which can be detected "at speed", as well as micro-lettering and "milled edges", or grooves on alternate side. The bi-metallic new coin will be thinner, lighter and wider than its predecessor, and include the fifth coin portrait of the Queen.

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