The UK’s new pound coin has a secret, high-tech security feature
Foiling people who manufacture fake money can be a pretty challenging task, which is why governments regularly role out new security enhancements to their legal tender. Holographic strips, special serial numbers and insignias, one-of-a-kind ink helps keep paper bills safer from fakes than they’ve ever been, but what about coinage? The UK’s Royal Mint thinks it has a solution, and it’s introduced it in its brand new one pound coin. The only problem is that nobody besides the Royal Mint actually know what the feature is, how it works, or why it makes coins “impossible” to fake.