Aberdeen has been selected as one of the UK’s new £1 coin hubs.
The new 12-sided coins will be available in the city from Tuesday.
They can be collected from the Clydesdale Bank in the Queens Cross area of Aberdeen.
The new £1 is said to be the most secure in the world, helping to tackle counterfeits.
Some of the old round pounds will be melted down and reused to make new ones.
People in Aberdeen are being urged to dig out their round pound coins in order to spend or return them before October 15 when they will no longer be considered legal tender.
The new coin has high-tech security features, including a hologram. It has been produced due to concerns about the ability of sophisticated counterfeiters to produce fakes of the current coin which was first introduced back in April 1983.
It’s estimated that in recent years, one in every 30 pound coins is fake.
The new version is based on the design of the old 12-sided threepenny bit, which was taken out of circulation in 1971.
It’s made from two metals, and has a gold-coloured outer ring and a silver-coloured inner ring. There is very small lettering on both sides of the coin and milled edges.
The new coin is thinner and lighter than the round pound, but its diameter is slightly larger.
The design has features reflecting Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with a thistle, a rose, a leek and a shamrock.
As a result of the change, Tesco’s shopping trolleys are to be left unlocked across scores of its stores as the supermarket giant performs upgrades for the new £1 coin after it enters circulation.
According to the Automatic Vending Association, around 15% of vending machines will not immediately be able to accept the new £1 coin on Tuesday.