Bri­tain’s new money is plas­tic, easy to laun­der (in ma­chine)

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

The times they have a-changed: Bri­tain’s new money is plas­tic.

The new 5-pound ($6.60) bill in­tro­duced Tues­day is strong poly­mer and can han­dle a trip through the wash­ing ma­chine with­out shred­ding like the pa­per cash it’s re­plac­ing.

It’s got the lat­est anti-coun­ter­feit and se­cu­rity fea­tures, and Bank of Eng­land of­fi­cials in­sist it will be cleaner, safer and stronger than pa­per money.

But it’s not all new and mod­ern: The por­trait on the new fiver de­picts wartime leader Win­ston Churchill, still one of Bri­tain’s most revered states­men.

Some 440 mil­lion of the new notes will be phased in, to be fol­lowed in the com­ing years by new 10-pound and 20-pound plas­tic bills.

Pa­per 5-pound bills will be us­able un­til May 5.

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