There is a lot of discussion in the media about the UK becoming a cashless society and whilst I think (hope?) that this is a somewhat distant possibility, we do need to consider what that might look like in reality.
A side effect of the covid pandemic has been that most of us have got used to making ‘contactless’ payments and many of us are very happy to purchase items online, so it may be that a majority of the population won’t miss ‘cash’ too much (when/if that day comes).
My Dad (who is a self-confessed dinosaur when it comes to all things ‘tech’) has recently learned to pay for things using his contactless card, but he insists that it is worth keeping a ‘stash of cash’ in case the internet ‘vanishes’!
I should add that he also has an ‘apocalypse’ emergency survival kit just in case of a tornado, tsunami, hurricane etc (he lives in Surrey!). He was never a Boy Scout (but he was an officer for the Boys Brigade many years ago), but as a ‘Boomer’, it is part of his make-up to always be prepared and as my daughter once said “expect the impossible”! (She regularly mixes up her old adages to our amusement).
Anyway – I digress – back to cash!
So what will become of all the coins once they are obsolete? I’m sure there’s an actual answer for that – something like melting down and re-using the metals, but I think I prefer a rather more artistic method of recycling … enter the Japanese art of coin stacking!
With a steady hand and far more patience than I possess, coin stacking is intricate and mesmerising … take a look
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