Nothing gets people flapping more than a change to the readies in their pockets.
So news that the £1 coin is being ditched for a 12-sided replacement modelled on the old threepenny bit had the good folk of Worksop frothing at the mouth.
Typical was this baffling conversation I overheard in the town centre between an elderly lady and a shop assistant.
Shop assistant: “Ooooh have you seen they’re changing these? (looking down mournfully at a current £1 coin as if she was cradling a family heirloom).
Elderly lady: “Yes and I don’t like it one bit. You get used to one coin and then they change it. I’ve only just got used to those silly little five pences.”
Shop assistant: “They look a bit like a threepenny bit to me. People won’t like it.”
Elderly lady: “It looks like a Euro to me. I think they’re trying to get rid of the pound again.”
Quite why people get so worked up by these things is beyond me.
The reason they’re changing the pound coin is because there are too many counterfeits in circulation - something everyone should be keen to see tackled.
But no, people will scrutinise pictures of the new coin like diamond experts and react like startled weasels the first time they get one in their change.
It’s like when you try and use Scottish notes south of the border and get treated like a money launderer.
The last time I tried to pay for my caviar with a Scottish tenner the shop assistant ummed and ahhhd about whether to accept it for about ten minutes as if I was trying to pay with Monopoly money.
For what it’s worth I actually quite like the new coin.
How about you?