The Royal Mint released 300 million new one pound coins into circulation on Tuesday. The money is packed with cutting edge anti-counterfeiting measures, including one that British authorities won't even talk about. Is it a coincidence that this happened the day before British Prime Minister Teresa May triggered the UK's exit from the European Union? Probably.
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Japanese artist Thumb Tani may have negotiated some deal with how gravity works on Earth for his coin sculptures. Or maybe he is somehow channelling Magneto's superpowers. No way could he just be carefully placing these coins on top of each other, because I struggle with making a a coin stand up straight.
There's rumours Daft Punk will go on tour again, but will we ever see a new album from the duo? It's uncertain. The passing of Adam Yauch in 2012 also marked the end of the Beastie Boys, but thanks to an artist named Coins, a new album featuring Daft Punk and Beastie Boy mashups has lots for fans of either group to love.
Video: It's more fun to believe in a world where magic can possibly exist, but then you see a different camera angle of a cool magic trick and realise it's all just misdirection, tricks and fantastic finger dexterity. But still it's worth it just for that brief moment where you absolutely have no idea how the magician did that. Here's Oscar Owen teasing you with three tricks you can do with a coin — making a coin teleport, disappear and switch hands — and then crushing you as he explains how he pulls it off (it can be as simple as pushing the coin off the table).
Counterfeiting coins doesn't sound as exciting as pumping out ersatz $100 notes, but it is definitely a thing, especially in the UK where one in every 30 pound coins isn't the real McCoy. To battle this, over the next year the government will phase out the old coin for a shiny new one that incorporates "a high security feature ... to protect it from counterfeiting in the future".
Someone over at the Perth Mint really likes Star Trek. Commemorative coins featuring captains from the various shows is one thing, but an actual strip of gold-pressed latinum? Now that's hardcore.
Coins are supposed to sink. When you toss 'em in a fountain, they drop right down to the bottom, right? Not always. There's a trick that can actually make metal coins float, and it's totally trippy to see. You carefully level the coin (which needs to be made of aluminium and not zinc) onto the surface of the water with a paper clip, and then slide the paper clip away. Boom! You've just become a sorcerer. The metal coin is floating.
On paper the Canadian dollar is struggling to keep up with US currency and doesn't seem like a wise investment. But when you discover that the Canadian Mint now makes an entire line of Star Trek-themed collectible currency, including this delta-shaped gold coin, how could you possibly resist buying them all up?
Video: One of my life dreams as a child was to be able to fool a vending machine with coin-like objects. I mean, how smart could a vending machine be, right? Wrong. More like how dumb a kid I was. Vending machines use light sensors to measure the size of a coin and electromagnets to detect the metal type to determine what kind of coin it is. If you're not shaped like a dollar and built like a dollar, you ain't a dollar in their book.
Video: The British Royal Mint makes three types of commemorative coins: bullion, brilliant uncirculated and proof. Bullion is basically made to the same standard of regular coins in circulation, brilliant uncirculated coins (a real mouthful) are finished with more attention to detail than bullion coins and proof coins are of the absolute highest quality and care.
The German mark. Lithuanian litas. Estonian kroon. Irish pound. Slovenian tolar. Portuguese escudo. Greek drachma. Slovak koruna. Maltese lira. Finnish markka. Dutch guilder. Spanish peseta. Luxembourgish franc. Belgian franc. Italian lira. Cypriot pound. Austrian schilling. French franc. Latvian lats. All got replaced by the euro.
How long have intelligence agencies been keeping tabs on the internet? And what role did these agencies play in creating the internet we use today? For the most part, these kinds of questions have been relegated to comments sections on random blogs and the occasional tweet from researchers. So we're hoping to remedy that in whatever small way we can, starting with a look at the 1960s and 70s.
People of Earth, dreamers of the universe and possible alien organisms of the beyond: you can swim like Scrooge McDuck in a Swiss bank vault in real life. Like, literally swim in money. This is incredible. A bank safe swimming pool filled with 8 million Swiss coins is being auctioned off to the highest bidder who wants to fulfil every person's childhood (and adult) dream of swimming in money.
If you're a student or a young professional in your first apartment, you're probably well versed in assembling IKEA furniture. But those vital hex wrenches always seem to go missing soon after, and when it's time to move your bedroom set, it's off to the hardware store to find a replacement. So thank goodness the folks at Nendo came up with a better solution: furniture that assembles using nothing more than the loose change in your pocket.