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Epic fail by Coles in Little Shop range

An Aussie mum who's been teaching her son about money says the five-year-old was left scratching his head when he found a 25-cent coin in the new Little Shop toy range by Coles.

The retailer is once again giving away mini copies of popular grocery items and collectors can also get accessories, including a cash register with a variety of pretend money.

But Christine Daniels says the 25-cent coin threw her and her son.

"Thanks Coles little shop! Trying to teach Mr 5yr old money and now he has a 25c piece!????" Ms Daniels wrote on Facebook.

She said her son's face was hilarious as he pondered the value on the face of the plastic coin.

He was like 'mum why is there 25 on this one'. Just funny. I just explained American (sic) have different coins."

Another Facebook user replied, suggesting she might have to rethink using the coin to help teach life skills to people with disabilities, as she's done in the past with the Coles toys.

Another Facebook user said Ms Daniels might find a solution to her problem somewhere other than Coles.

"You can actually get the toy money pack from Target with almost real looking Aussie currency notes and coins," Hira Amjad wrote.

Australia has never had a 25-cent piece in general circulation.

But a selection of 25-cent commemorative coins have been produced by the Royal Australian Mint, most recently in 2016 and 2017 as part of an initiative with News Corp.

AAP has sought comment from Coles.

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