There was a time when you had half pennies, pound notes and the imminent launch of the new hexagonal twenty pence coin!
For a child who’d only just grasped coin values, and that they were all round, this was like the dawn of a new age – an age with curves AND corners.
Along with the launch they sold perspex collection tubes and i became obsessed with collecting these shiny (and they were all shiny) new coins and watching them stack up, passing each landmark value etched into a neat wooden holder. The joy of collecting far outweighed the eventual spending of my hoard, not sure what that says about me. Nothing good I suspect.