In 2017 a new £1 coin will appear in our pockets with a design extremely difficult to forge. In the mid-16th century, Elizabeth I’s government came up with a series of measures to deter “divers evil persons” from damaging the reputation of English coinage and, with it, the good name of the nation.
The Royal Mint announced last month that in 2017 it will introduce a new £1 coin, said to be the “most secure coin in the world”. The reason behind the decision, which could cost businesses as much as £20 million, is the surge in counterfeiting. It is estimated that around 3% of £1 coins are fakes with an estimated 45 million forgeries in circulation.
Four and a half centuries ago, Elizabeth I made the reform of currency one of her government’s top priorities. Invested as queen in 1558, she inherited a coinage which was fraught with problems. Read more.
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Anonymous asked: Imagine Bucky not long after falling off the cliff and being captured by Hydra. They keep wiping him, but he keeps managing to hold on to something: that Steve will save him - only to break and give in upon finding out his best friend is dead.
the first few times they tried to wipe him, it didn’t take. he was too strong, too smart, too goddamn stubborn for them to take away more than a few memories, half-forgotten anyway, nothing he would miss. he knows, even after the wipes start taking away important things (the first time he bandaged up steve in their tiny one bedroom flat; the color of his sister’s eyes, dead for years, but he could always remember those eyes; the way his ma would laugh when he said something stupid; steve’s small frame held against his, trying to keep out the worst of the cold) that somehow, some way, steve will find him. steve will appear above him, just like he did before, larger than life and strong enough for both of them. except, well, steve doesn’t come. it’s been weeks now, the wipes taking more and more of him away (he can’t even remember his name anymore) and the only thing he knows for certain is that steve will come for him. but it’s hard, it’s so hard, to keep fighting, to keep resisting the wipes when the only thing he can hang onto is steve’s name and the certainty that he’ll come. it’s almost a relief then, when zola appears above him, mouth twisted into a cruel grin, whispering “your steve is dead, my boy. nobody’s going to come for you now,” and finally, finally, he lets go
Lamia al-Gailani pulls a folder of crumbling letters from a battered metal cabinet – part of what she considers the secret treasures of the Iraq Museum.
The cabinets hold archives from the beginnings of the venerable institution, established after World War I by Gertrude Bell, the famed British administrator, writer, and explorer. Hundreds of thousands of documents and photographs, neglected until now, hold the untold story of an emerging nation whose borders “Miss Bell” helped to draw.
“Wonderful isn’t it?” says Ms. Gailani, an archaeologist. She pulls out photographs of the Iraq pavilion at the 1938 Paris Expo and a yellowing, typewritten letter from 1921 confirming the appointment of Bell as honorary museum director. “People probably thought these archives don’t exist. These are treasures that no one knows about.” Read more.