It is reported that many shops are intending to continue to accept the old round pound coin after the official cut-off date of 15 October 2017 since there are still half a billion in circulation.
If you go to the shops today,
And plan that with pound coins you’ll pay,
You might just find to your surprise,
The old coin, which is in demise,
Is still accepted – fancy that –
Because it should be turned down flat.
Shops say they want to helpful be,
And some lost down that old settee,
Have not been found and so a few,
Might still be brought to them by you.
The banks, though, are somewhat less chuffed,
“By now chairs should have been unstuffed.”
And they no longer want to sort,
These coins for longer than they ought.
For sorting is a messy job,
Can’t be entrusted to a yob,
Because he might take some away,
To supplement his meagre pay.
So if you’ve got pound coins, it’s brill,
You can still spend them at the till;
But while you queue to take your turn,
They might holes in your pockets burn.