‘Round pound’ is obsolete from midnight

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Shoppers and retailers are preparing to bid farewell to the old “round pound” as the coin ceases to become legal tender at midnight.

After it was revealed hundreds of millions of coins are yet to be handed in, only hours remain before the coin rolls out of general circulation.

Major banks and building societies have said they will continue to accept deposits of the old round pound after today’s deadline.

People can also deposit them into any of their usual high street banks or through the Post Office after this date.

Martin Kearsley, banking services director at the Post Office, said: “Thanks to an agreement with all UK high street banks, everyone can deposit old pound coins into their usual high street bank account at their local Post Office branch.”

Some major stores have said they will give shoppers an extra window of opportunity to spend up their old pound coins after October 15. Iceland and Poundland have said they will continue to accept the old round pound until October 31, while Tesco has said it will continue accepting the old-style coins for a week after the October 15 deadline.

One pound coins were first launched on April 21 1983 to replace £1 notes.

The British Parking Association has said it is confident that the majority of parking machines are ready or will be ready to accept the new £1 coin, while the Automatic Vending Association (AVA) said it believes all machines owned by its members are now accepting the new coin.