Wednesday, May 20

Coins for dummies | ENGLAND

When I was little, and my parents took me to the border of Portugal and Spain, I never fully understood the difference between the two sides of that imaginary line. They used to say "now you're in Spain", or abroad as everyone likes to call the rest of the world, but to me everything was the same.
Nowadays when I go somewhere abroad I can notice the cultural differences, ones more obvious than others, like the language and the currency, others we just notice with time. 
My struggle with the pounds started when the cash was gone and there was no more space in my wallet for coins. Well, when you have cash is relatively easy because the number is very noticeable, you just have to give it and trust the math knowledge of the person who gives you the change. But it gets worse when the cash is gone and we have to start using the coins we have. Then we have two options: a) take half an hour to look at every coin, b) put all the coins on the table and wait till the other person takes whatever he/she wants to, and again this is all in the base of trust. But I don't like to make anyone waste time, and I also don't trust that much, so I thought I should "study" the coins.
The first reaction was: this is so stupid, these people make a 2 cents coin bigger than 1 pound (everyone knows that in Euros, the tinnier the coin, less value it has). The second reaction was: ohh so funny, this is easy after all! 

This is my tip: 

  • The £1 and £2 pounds coins are easy to identify: £2 pounds is very similar to 2€ and £1 pound we identify it based on the colour and thickness. 
  • Then we have the square shaped ones, which the higher is 50 pences that is bigger than 20 pences. 
  • The third category are the round ones and the logic is the same: 10 pences is bigger than 5 pences. 
  • Last but not least, we have the "black" ones, where 2 pences is bigger than 1 pence.
4039 km away, and with an empty wallet,