Author Topic: £145m in old £1 coins still missing - and yet another journalistic error  (Read 317 times)

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Offline FosseWay

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BBC report on old £1 coins: Old £1 coins: 145 million coins still not returned - BBC News

It goes on to give a potted history of decimal demonetisations, after which it comes out with this gem:

Pre-decimal coins, such as the florin and the shilling, which were not demonetised until the 1990s, had effectively ceased to circulate long before then.

Really? Can no-one ever fact-check this stuff? Where in this case fact-checking need only involve asking someone born before about 1985?

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I gues that for a journalist, "long ago" means anything that happened before yesterday. ;D

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.