Humans' love affair with these mythical creatures dates back to the dawn of civilisation and shows no sign of abating.
The UK's new £1 coin is touted as being the most-secure in the world. Its dodecagonal shape harks back to an old threepenny forebear.
It was 1956 – and for Britain, things would never be the same again.
The antics of 'Brits abroad' continues to fill copy in tabloid newspapers but it's more about titillation than genuine moral outrage.