Funny money: Gag about new £1 coin wins top joke at Edinburgh Festival

22 August 2017
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A gag about the new £1 coin has won television comedy channel Dave’s annual ‘Joke Of The Fringe’ award.

The joke, created and told by Ken Cheng at this month’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, is as follows: “I’m not a fan of the new pound coin. But then again, I hate all change.”

The new 12-sided £1 coin launched in March, marking the first time the £1 coin has changed in over 30 years.

It’s been replaced because the previous coins were vulnerable to being faked, while the new pound coin has features that make it much more difficult to counterfeit.

Mr Cheng told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme that he was “surprised” this joke was picked for the top prize because it “was getting a lot of groans”.

Old £1 coins will cease to be legal tender from 15 October 2017, so make sure you use your yours before then. However, while shops will stop taking them from this date, you can still swap them at your bank.  

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