orthogon wrote: In the UK the £2 coin used to be rare, but now they're common so we have consistency from 1p, 2p, 5p right up to £10, £20, £50.
The £2 coin was the most recent addition (perhaps unless mostly-comemorative £5, etc, coins didn't pre-exist them, alongside everyday notes of such value). I recall shopkeepers being apologetic and even "do you want
to take one?", when they (potentially) were offered as part of my change in the early days of their existence.
I accepted happily enough1
and even hoarded them, for a while, but some people obviously didn't like them, like they hadn't liked the £1s replacing the note, the new 50p, 10p, 5p (the new magnetic 1 and 2p coins, if they noticed2
that change in their change!), and the loss of the ha'penny, never mind those who disliked the move away from the previous system of 240 pennies in the pound and all that guff...
(Value-for-weight, £2 coins are least bulky, anyway, even though they are bigger than every other (common) coin. I'll gladly accept unwanted £2 coins (and those new £1 coins, next year!) free of charge.. No, no need to thank me, I'm just being charitable, you know...)1
Also received a £5 commemorative "Diana" coin, once, that had entered the economy. If it was anything like the Millenium Dome £10 coins I bought, it would originally been sold at double the face value for collecting/nostalgia purpises only. I always wondered if that one had been used in desperation, during hard times by the owner, or had actually been stolen and used without any understanding by the perpetrator. - As for me I gifted it to a numismatist of my acquaintance, rather than spend it myself.2
I noticed when I used an accurate balance to ensure my giant-whiskey-bottle-full-of-pennies (it can hold 5000 before it needs bagging up and banking) had been accurately split into £1 piles, but I found discrepencies between different piles confirmed as correctly counted.