Leeds shopworkers sceptical of new 50p

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Despite being introduced into general circulation in 1969 - replacing the 10 shilling note - the 50p piece was at the centre of controversy in July 1973. The Royal Mint publicised its plans to mint a new version of the initially unpopular seven-sided coin in December 1972 but when it began to turn up in tills and pockets across the country, some people were sceptical, to the point where some shops were refusing to accept the coins, declaring them as forgeries.

It was all down to a new design, which replaced the traditional image of Britainia seated on a throne with a ring of nine interlocked hands. The Mint said the hands were meant to symbolise unity and trust, adding the design had been created to mark our entry into the EEC, adding it had publicised the move.