WATCH: Is this the first forged version of the new £1 coin?

A charity worker suspects he has been given a fake NEW £1 coin - despite claims it is near-impossible to copy.

Monday, 24th April 2017, 1:51 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:36 pm
Two of the new one pounds coins including one given as change to a charity worker which he believes may be fake (left).

The new 12-sided piece only came into circulation last month with the Royal Mint proudly announcing it was “forgery proof” and the world’s most secure coin.

But a 48-year-old man, who has asked not wish to be named, is convinced he has already stumbled across a counterfeit version.

He says the fake, stamped 2016, came in change from a Co-Op in Addlestone, Surrey and has subtle but significant differences to the real thing.

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Two of the new one pounds coins including one given as change to a charity worker which he believes may be fake (left).
Two of the new one pounds coins including one given as change to a charity worker which he believes may be fake (left).