Money: New, smaller 50p introduced today
Monday 01 September 1997
The new version is much slimmer than the current coin. It weighs just 8 grammes - a little over half as much as the existing 13.5 gramme version - and the diameter has been reduced from 30mm to 27.3mm.
By the end of this month 350 million new 50p coins will have been issued. The old 50p coins - there are around 442 million of them - will be phased out of circulation over the coming months and the final spending deadline for them is 28 February next year.
Culinary experts in The Netherlands thought it was 'fresh' and 'tasty'
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